RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra: Fanny Mendelssohn, Mozart, Beethoven

RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra: Fanny Mendelssohn, Mozart, Beethoven

Friday, 14 February 2020, 7.30pm

RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra
Jaime Martín conductor
Gabriela Montero piano

Fanny Mendelssohn Overture in C major / 11’
Mozart Piano Concerto No. 20 / 30’
Beethoven Symphony No. 3, ‘Eroica’ / 47’

Three vibrant orchestral showpieces of contrasting passions…with happy endings guaranteed!

The wondrous Gabriela Montero – ‘There are not many artists about whom it can truly be said that their talent borders on genius’ (Concerto.net) – joins Chief Conductor Jaime Martín and the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra for one of Mozart’s greatest Piano Concertos, No.20.

Ahead of its time, it’s a boiling cauldron of emotions laced with dark moods and bitter disputes, piano and orchestra like lovers locked in a grumbling disagreement over some half-forgotten sleight. Finding Mozart in operatic mood and at his most combative, it moves between shadow and light with feline ease, the free-spirited bravado of the piano’s long, flowing lines eventually winning over the orchestra as it pirouettes dizzily with the joy of reconciliation within the orchestra’s warm forgiving embrace.

Beethoven’s Third Symphony transformed the symphony overnight. In 2016 a poll of more than 150 international conductors for BBC Music Magazine rated it as the greatest symphony ever written. Originally intended as a salute to Napoleon Buonaparte, his later imperial ambitions prompted a change of mind on Beethoven’s part. Even so, it remains a magnificent display of music’s power to act as a clarion call to summon the most noble human aspirations: Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité.

Emerging from the long shadow of her brother Felix, Fanny Mendelssohn’s music is at last gaining the recognition it deserves. Her only known orchestral work, the Overture in C is a work of engaging directness and quiet splendour. Carried along with all the freshness of a spring stream, its well-mannered modesty and wit will charm and beguile.

Preceded at 6.30pm by Soundings free pre-concert talk with Jaime Martín in conversation.



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