- Egmont Overture
- Piano Concerto No. 4
- Symphony No. 6 (Pastoral)
- 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.
Their second concert opens with Beethoven’s Egmont Overture, an exhilarating narrative of heroism, harmoniously succeeded by the intimate and angelic Piano Concerto No. 4.
After the interval, Symphony No. 6 (Pastoral) evokes images of strolling in the countryside through its buoyant melody and birdcalls depicted by woodwind instruments. The work is one of the first real examples of what became known as ‘programme music’: music that tells a specific story.
Part of the Zurich International Orchestra Series 2014-15
‘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)