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By Dan Lowell


  • The German Orchestra doing Beethoven’s Pastoral is offering their last concert in Madrid with Jonathan Nott conducting
  • Pianist Christian Blackshaw, enjoying critical acclaim, will play Mozart’s Piano Concert Nº 20.


On the 15th of October the 4th Season of the Filarmonica will begin at the Auditorio Nacional de Madrid with the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra and Conductor Jonathan Nott, accompanied by the great pianist Christian Blackshaw in Mozart’s Piano Concert Nº 20, K. 466. In the second part, they will play one of Beethoven’s rich symphonic works, Symphony Nº 6, a.k.a. The Pastoral.

Founded in 1946, the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, the Bavarian State Symphony, first performed in Madrid in 1950 and is one of the German groups that has performed worldwide. During its long history, many great conductors such as Wolfgang Sawallish, Herbert Blomstedt and Mariss Jansons have led the group. Since 2000, Jonathan Nott has been conducting the orchestra quite successfully in Germany and abroad. Under him Bamberg has been named best orchestra at the Lucerna Festival.La filarmonica 4ª temporada

Jonathan Nott also conducted other orchestras of great prestige: the Berlin, Munich and Vienna Symphonies, the Concertgebouw Orchestra. . .

The concert at the Auditorio Nacional is especially significant as this will be his last performance as conductor of the orchestra in Madrid. In the 2016/2017 season, the young Czech conductor Jakub Hrusa will take over as Musical Director.  Jonathan Nott will be the new Musical and Artistic  Director of the Suisse-Romande Orchestra.

In Mozart’s Piano Concert Nº20, K.466, the group will accompany the English pianist Christian Blackshaw who, since his return to the scenes, has become a highly acclaimed artist by the critics. Profoundly passionate and sensitive he is renowned for the musicality of his performances. His recording of the Mozart Piano Sonatas cycle on the Wigmore Hall in 2013 received great praise from the critics, describing him as “fascinating” and “magical”.

Other rave reviews:

Andrew Clark, The Financial Times, “The luminous tone Blackshaw extracts from his notes is a marvel itself.”
The Independent, “Blackshaw’s performance was a revelation.”



Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
“Egmont” Overtune, op. 84 (1809-1810)

Sostenuto, ma non troppo – Allegro – Allegro con brio

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
Piano Concert Nº20, in D minor, KV.466 (1785)

Allegro Assai

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Symphony Nº 6, in F major, op. 68, “Pastoral” (1808)


Bamberg Symphony Orchestra
Jonathan Nott, Conductor
Christian Blackshaw, Piano

15 October 2015
Auditorio Nacional