- Fidelio Overture
- Piano Concerto No. 3
- Symphony No. 5
- Michael Sanderling
- Freddy Kempf
The Dresden Philharmonic and its conductor Michael Sanderling join us for a series of three concerts exploring the music of Beethoven with pianist Freddy Kempf.
The first concert opens with Beethoven’s exhilarating Fidelio Overture, a tour de force of orchestral virtuosity, laden with heroic themes and equally heroic music. The orchestra is joined by piano sensation Freddy Kempf, for Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3. The piece is a conflict of stormy and turbulent elements, with tender and lyrical passages guided by the piano.
The programme culminates in an equally gallant finale: Beethoven’s major and instantly recognisable Symphony No. 5, cited by many as the most famous piece of Western classical music.
Part of the Zurich International Orchestra Series 2014-15
From 6.30pm: pre-concert foyer music by RCM students
The Clara Quartet performs Mozart’s String Quartet No. 15 in D minor, K. 421
‘A brisk, magnificently emphatic rendering of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony… titanic gestures unfold like an epic drama, with enough freshness and power to draw you in and keep you in its grip.’
— (Allan Kozinn, New York Times)
‘Both in lyrical second subjects and in the slow movements, Kempf shaped lines with delicacy and insight, yet it was the balance with an impetuous Beethovenian fire that lifted the performance of the third concerto on to a higher level.’
— (Rian Evans, The Guardian)