Marie-Ange Nguci, piano. Photo by Caroline Doutre.

Bath Festival Orchestra

Beethoven’s ‘Emperor’ Piano Concerto

Wednesday 12 April 2023, 19:30

Past Event
Bath Festival Orchestra Past Event


Agnes Tyrrell Overture in C minor, ‘The King in Israel’
Dvořák Czech Suite
Dvořák Songs My Mother Taught Me
Beethoven 12 Contradances
Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 5, ‘Emperor’


Marie-Ange Nguci piano
Bath Festival Orchestra
Peter Manning conductor

Despite having been written in around 1880, English-Czech composer Agnes Tyrrell’s Overture in C minor, ‘The King in Israel’ received its world premiere only in 2018. With its luscious Romantic harmonies and rich textures, it can rightfully take its place alongside any Beethoven, Mendelssohn or Brahms overture.

Dvořák 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 the countryside into classical music. It is followed by the gorgeous little encore Songs My Mother Taught Me.

Composed early in Beethoven’s career, these 12 contrasting dances may sound 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.

Duration: approx. 1 hour 50 mins (incl. interval)

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£40 (premium), £35, £25, £15

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