Mozart Overture to The Marriage of Figaro
Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3
Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 5, ‘Emperor’
(please note change of programme to that previously advertised.)
Elizabeth Sombart piano
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Barry Wordsworth conductor*
(*please note change to previously advertised conductor)
A performance of Beethoven’s Third and Fifth Piano Concertos in a cycle of piano concertos marking 250 years since 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.
In this series, Beethoven’s Piano Concertos are paired with an overture by his near-contemporary Mozart.
2.45pm-3.15pm: Pre-concert talk
by John Suchet, the acclaimed broadcaster and author of Beethoven: the Man Revealed (for concert ticket holders only)
Duration: approx. 2 hours (incl. 20-minute interval)
£35, £28, £20, £15
Students: all tickets half price (not available online)
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Future events in this series
Beethoven 250th Anniversary Piano Concerto Series
A series presenting Beethoven’s Piano Concertos alongside music by his near-contemporary Mozart, presented by John Suchet.Read more about this series