Beethoven 250th Anniversary Piano Concerto Series 5

London, Cadogan Hall
London, United Kingdom
Cadogan Hall
Tue 03 November 19:30
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The fifth and final concert in a complete cycle of Beethoven’s piano concertos marking the 250th anniversary of the composer’s birth.


Beethoven’s personal life was famously wild and tortured, from his wretched childhood and early musical education at the hands of an alcoholic and abusive father to his hopeless, unrequited romantic passions. Yet from personal chaos emerged perhaps the greatest music ever composed. Written for the instrument with which he is inextricably linked, the five piano concertos chart the dramatic period of Beethoven’s career from young composer-performer to the early stages of his painful descent into profound deafness, and the cruel end of his own performing career. Each is a sublime masterpiece, distilling the spirit and towering genius of this most prodigious composer.


Beethoven’s Piano Concertos are presented in this series together with the last ten symphonies of his near-contemporary Mozart.


6.45pm: Pre-concert talk

by John Suchet, the acclaimed broadcaster and author of Beethoven: the Man Revealed (for concert ticket holders only)



Programme & Performers

PROGRAMME


Mozart Symphony No. 37
Mozart Symphony No. 39
Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 5, ‘Emperor’



PERFORMERS


Elizabeth Sombart piano
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Pierre Vallet conductor


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    The fifth and final concert in a complete cycle of Beethoven’s piano concertos marking the 250th anniversary of the composer’s birth.


    Beethoven’s personal life was famously wild and tortured, from his wretched childhood and early musical education at the hands of an alcoholic and abusive father to his hopeless, unrequited romantic passions. Yet from personal chaos emerged perhaps the greatest music ever composed. Written for the instrument with which he is inextricably linked, the five piano concertos chart the dramatic period of Beethoven’s career from young composer-performer to the early stages of his painful descent into profound deafness, and the cruel end of his own performing career. Each is a sublime masterpiece, distilling the spirit and towering genius of this most prodigious composer.


    Beethoven’s Piano Concertos are presented in this series together with the last ten symphonies of his near-contemporary Mozart.


    6.45pm: Pre-concert talk

    by John Suchet, the acclaimed broadcaster and author of Beethoven: the Man Revealed (for concert ticket holders only)



  • Programme & Performers


    PROGRAMME


    Mozart Symphony No. 37
    Mozart Symphony No. 39
    Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 5, ‘Emperor’



    PERFORMERS


    Elizabeth Sombart piano
    Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Pierre Vallet conductor


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