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Beethoven's Emperor Concerto | Bath Festival Orchestra

Wednesday April 12, 2023 at 19:30
Cadogan Hall, London
£40, £35, £25, £15
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  1. Overture in C minor, from The King in Israel - Agnes Tyrrell
  2. Czech Suite Op 39 - Antonín Dvorák
  3. Když mne stará matka 'Songs my mother taught me', from 7 Gypsy Melodies, 'Zigeunerlieder' Op 55 - Antonín Dvorák
  4. 12 Kontretänze WoO 14 - Ludwig van Beethoven
  5. Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No 5 in E flat, 'Emperor' Op 73 - Ludwig van Beethoven

Despite having been written around 1880, English-Czech composer Agnes Tyrrell’s Overture to The King in Israel only received its world premiere in 2018. Much about this woman in a man’s world remains a mystery but what is clear is that this piece, with its luscious romantic harmonies and rich textures, can rightfully take its place alongside any Beethoven, Mendelssohn or Brahms overture.

Dvorák wrote his charming Czech Suite just as he was on the cusp of fame, perfectly capturing the zeitgeist for incorporating exuberant folk melodies and the bucolic sounds of countryside into classical music. It is followed by the gorgeous little encore Songs my mother taught me.

Composed early in his career while he was studying with Haydn, Beethoven wrote these 12 contrasting dances for the hugely popular Viennese public dances. They may appear frivolous but listen carefully to No 7 and you may just hear a tune familiar from the Eroica symphony. And that segues nicely into tonight’s final piece, the Emperor concerto; the grand, heroic pinnacle of Beethoven’s piano concerti that never fails to please the crowd.

Cadogan Hall
5 Sloane Terrace

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