Tasmania Symphony Orchestra - Revolution and Reformation
Beethoven’s only piano concerto in a minor key, the Concerto No 3 is a work of revolutionary energy that places huge demands upon the soloist. Sparks will fly and notes will sparkle as pianist Piers Lane tames this colossal beast. Beethoven had tremendous regard for his Italian-French contemporary Luigi Cherubini, whose hugely successful opera Les deux journées was a powerful influence upon Beethoven’s own opera, Fidelio. Felix Mendelssohn was one of classical music’s most precocious talents and in the Reformation Symphony he develops well-known sacred melodies, including the chorale tune ‘Ein feste Burg’ (A Mighty Fortress), which itself was given masterly treatment by J S Bach, whose Ricercare from A Musical Offering is heard in Webern’s multi-coloured orchestration.