Sibelius’s visionary Fifth Symphony, plus the musical heroism of Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto
7:30pm, Sunday 28 October 2018
‘Today I saw 16 swans. Lord God, what beauty!’
That’s how Sibelius himself described the inspiration for his visionary Fifth Symphony, a majestic hymn of praise to the natural wonders of his Finnish homeland. Teeming with life, surging with optimism, it propels the listener along to the unmatched orchestral grandeur of its ecstatic finale.
Sibelius’s Fifth forms the towering climax to a heroic programme from the superb Vienna Tonkünstler Orchestra, one of Austria’s most pioneering ensembles, who return under Chief Conductor Yutaka Sado following adored recent concerts at the Usher Hall.
The remarkable Canadian pianist Angela Hewitt joins Orchestra and conductor for one of the most heroic piano concertos of them all. Beethoven’s noble Emperor Concerto is cast on a grand scale, but its brilliant, breathtaking virtuosity melds effortlessly with tenderness and exquisite beauty – an ideal match for Hewitt’s fresh, elegant, powerful playing.
Sado and his Orchestra open with some very different musical heroes: the three wide-eyed sailors on shore leave in Bernstein’s foot-tapping musical On the Town. His feel-good Three Dance Episodes blend jazz, big band and classical to electrifying effect – and feature Bernstein’s hit tune ‘New York, New York’.
Vienna Tonkünstler Orchestra
Yutaka Sado Conductor
Angela Hewitt Piano
Bernstein: Three Dance Episodes from On the Town
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5
Sibelius: Symphony No. 5
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