BBC National Orchestra Of Wales March 2017
Alice Sara Ott
Tod und Verklarung (Death and Transfiguration)
Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major, K467
Symphony No. 6 in F major, Pastoral
The key work in this concert is the slightly-out-of-character Sixth Symphony of Beethoven. Mostly relaxed and wistful, it is a sublime work, and many find it hard to believe it was written at the same time as his darkly dramatic Fifth. Its rural themes make it a lively, energetic, but also bucolic, foil to its foreboding sibling, showing an altogether different, more joyous side to its composer.
In the first half, BBC NOW is joined by critically-acclaimed pianist, Alice Sara Ott (who played the Ravel concerto at Cheltenham in September 2015) for Mozart’s Concerto No.21, one of his most technically difficult, but nevertheless most-loved. Opening the concert is Strauss’s ‘Tod und Verklarung’, an ultimately uplifting tone poem depicting the triumph of transfiguration over death, and comprising the perfect example of Strauss’s early ability (written when he was just 24) to combine complex, rich and beautiful harmonies with orchestral pageantry and brilliance.
Please note: There is no pre-performance Talk prior to this concert.
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The key work in this concert is the slightly-out-of-character Sixth Symphony of Beethoven.
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