Brahms Academic Festival Overture
Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.1
Beethoven Symphony No.3 Eroica
Two chords slam out, and music is changed forever. Ludwig van Beethoven was the ultimate musical revolutionary, and he wrote his Third Symphony as a tribute to the ultimate revolutionary warrior – Napoleon Bonaparte. So when Napoleon betrayed his radical ideals, Beethoven was so enraged that he tore up the score. “If I could wage war like I can write music” he declared, “I would destroy him!” There’s never been a symphony like the Eroica; and with the right conductor and orchestra, it’s one of music’s most electrifying experiences.
So here’s the good news: the Dresden Philharmonic’s rapport with its Music Director Michael Sanderling is something unique. Sanderling’s Russian roots give him a hotline to the soul of Rachmaninov’s glittering First Piano Concerto, played tonight by Andrei Korobeinikov – the young Russian star whom Moscow Conservatoire declared its “student of the decade”. And no great German orchestra can resist the booze-fuelled fun of Brahms’s uproarious Academic Festival Overture.
Woods-Scawen Room 6.15pm £2.50
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In conversation with Andrei Korobeinikov.