A horn calls in the twilight; the piano responds, and Brahms’s Second Piano Concerto is on its way – 50 minutes of poetry, passion, and star-crossed romance. The young Italian pianist Francesco Piemontesi simply adores it, and the CBSO’s principal guest conductor Kazuki Yamada has found the perfect pairing: the brilliant, big-hearted symphony that Brahms’s friend Schumann wrote in homage to his wife Clara, the love of both composer’s lives. If you’ve heard Kazuki Yamada in action before, you’ll already know that he makes music like this catch fire (in fact, one critic said that he “turns concerts into celebrations”). If you haven’t, there’s no better way to get to know a conductor who really understands that every piece of music tells a story – and that behind every masterpiece is a human heart. 

CBSO+ 6pm: CBSO Principal Guest Conductor Kazuki Yamada is interviewed by Margaret Cookhorn – Principal Contrabassoon.

Please note the pre-concert talk will now start at 6pm, 15 minutes earlier than previously advertised, due to the Making an Entrance redevelopments. You will be asked to show your ticket for access into the pre-concert talk, and then invited to take your seat for the concert immediately after the talk concludes. Times of talks will be listed on the concert pages of the CBSO and THSH’s websites in advance, please check before making travel plans.