Thursday 16 January 19:30
Beethoven 250 – Romantic Bruckner and dramatic Beethoven
Thomas Dausgaard’s cycle of the Bruckner symphonies arrives at the Austrian composer’s most popular: the Fourth.
Bruckner’s ‘Romantic’ Symphony can appear like a musical monolith sculpted from a single block of matter. Few symphonies convey Bruckner’s distinctive combination of mystery and warmth like this exceptional, luminous work.
Before it, we hear Beethoven on the cusp of a new world. In his Piano Concerto No. 3, the composer was entering dark and foreboding territory. But through vigor and wit, reflection and refraction, the concerto’s search for resolution presents Beethoven’s craft at its most delicious.
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