Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony is an idyllic centrepiece for this program inspired by the beauty of the natural world.
Beethoven was continually lured away from Vienna by the beauty of the countryside, where he would work and walk for miles. The landscape radiates through the work, from brilliant sunshine to dark and sudden storms.
Chief Conductor Simone Young masterfully creates Beethoven’s transforming moments present in both the symphony and the Fourth Piano Concerto. The Concerto is a work of nobility and an ideal platform for a pianist to shine from, and in Spanish virtuoso Javier Perianes we hear one of the world’s best.
The Guardian described Perianes as having “exquisite grace and a wonderful lightness of touch,” and you will hear every moment perfectly in the stunning acoustics of the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall.
Simone Young has chosen a 50 Fanfares commission by Australian composer Mary Finsterer as the opening work for this very special concert.
MARY FINSTERER Stabat Mater – Symphony (First Movement)
50 Fanfares Commission
BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No.4
BEETHOVEN Symphony No.6, Pastoral
SIMONE YOUNG conductor
JAVIER PERIANES piano