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BSO - Beethoven Five

Ticket Prices

£14 – £29


6 October 2018


Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre

Presented by BSO

PARRY Symphonic Variations
CHOPIN Piano Concerto No.1
BEETHOVEN Symphony No.5

Frank Zielhorst conductor
Kim Barbier piano

Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, more than any other work in the musical repertory, is the archetypal example of the technique and content of the form, and has the most famous beginning in all of classical music. It is a work of enormous accumulated energy which propels you harmonically and rhythmically through from the opening gesture to the final glorious cadences. Written to show off his extraordinary talent, Chopin’s E minor Concerto opens with a grand orchestral sweep before the piano enters with a dazzling display of technical virtuosity.

His gift for melody absolutely shining throughout, Chopin treats the piano as an opera singer in a series of lyrical arias, with the orchestra in the pit – dominating proceedings with a series of blazing scales and arpeggios both enthralling and exhausting, and thoroughly infusing the music with Romantic fantasy, colour and verve. A work of tension, suavity, precision and excitement, Parry’s set of variations has some of the best and most imaginative orchestration of any piece in its generally Brahmsian style. Only half the orchestra is used for most of it, so the effect when the whole band suddenly comes in with the biggest tune is stunning.


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