- Prometheus Overture
- Piano Concerto No. 5 (Emperor)
- Symphony No. 7
- 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 third and final concert brings to the series further grandeur. Prometheus Overture, written for the 1801 ballet The Creatures of Prometheus, encapsulates drama through its bold changes of key and dynamics and is a perfect introduction to Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5, known as the Emperor Concerto due to its heroic spirit.
The concert culminates in the regal Seventh Symphony, famous for its mesmerising second movement (used in the film The King’s Speech) and its unrestrained finale, supposedly summed up by Tchaikovsky as ‘a whole series of images, full of unrestrained joy, full of bliss and pleasure of life’.
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)