The star of this all-Beethoven program
is one of Vladimir Ashkenazy's absolute favourite symphonies, the
In his Pastoral Symphony, Beethoven - a poet in sound -
has gone out into the countryside and brought back the songbirds,
the dancing peasants, the bubbling brook and the terrifying
thunderstorm. And with it comes the intensity of feeling that comes
from being in Nature.
The concert begins with the Sydney Symphony strings,
capturing the transparency and inner energy of the 'Grand Fugue',
originally written for four musicians. And in the Triple Concerto
we get the double pleasure of three soloists in partnership
(chamber music style) and the athletic virtuosity of a
Beethoven, more Beethoven and nothing but Beethoven…
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