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All Beethoven Concert

18:30, Friday 06 March 2015

Beethoven wrote a single violin concerto and it has gone on to become one of the great works of the repertoire. As well as providing a dazzling vehicle for the virtuoso soloist it is a work of truly symphonic ambition and musical argument for the soloist and the orchestra. This is perhaps not surprising as it was written  in an astonishing burst of creativity that also produced the epic 5th symphony and this concert's other work : his sixth symphony. 

Bartok, Shostakovich & Ravel

18:30, Sunday 10 May 2015

Maurice Ravel proved himself to be a great composer over many genres with his deeply expressive music. The Suite no 2 of music from his opera Daphnis & Chloe is a work of great elegance, colour and musical beauty. The concert begins with Bella Bartók's Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta, a work where the composer divides the strings into two antiphonal. In between is the Shostakovitch's last instrumental concerto - the work he wrote as a birthday present for the great David Oistrakh.

New Year's Eve Gala 2014 with Mennahem Pressler

16:30, Wednesday 31 October 2014

Live From Berlin. Now in its 4th year, the New Year’s Eve Gala continues to grow and this year we see Pianist Menahem Pressler making a very special appearance. Pressler has made recording and interpretation history for more than half a century with the Beaux Arts Trio, which he founded in 1955. For this year’s Gala, Pressler has selected Mozart’s Piano Concerto in A major, K. 488, composed during Mozart’s prime in Vienna and one of his most beautiful contributions to the genre.