Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra - Beethoven’s Vienna - Launceston
Few composers are as closely associated with Vienna as Ludwig van Beethoven. Although a native of Germany’s Rhineland, Beethoven moved to Vienna at the age of 21 and remained there for the rest of his life. Beethoven’s capacity to shock and awe his Viennese audiences reached new heights with the Eroica Symphony. To this day it remains tremendously dynamic and forceful. Heinrich von Collin’s play Coriolan was a popular hit in Vienna, such that Beethoven subsequently wrote a thrilling overture for it. At precisely the same time that Beethoven was making his mark in Vienna, Carl Maria von Weber was advancing his career in various German cities. His Clarinet Concerto No 2 shows off all of the tone colours of the most versatile of woodwind instruments. In the hands of master clarinettist Michael Collins, it will shine as never before.