the concert will finish at 10 pm
Beethoven & Bruckner: Heroic Entry into the New Season
Two Viennese masters, two majestic works, two first-class protagonists – all this suggests that the opening concert of the 26th season of PKF — Prague Philharmonia will be a grand event you should not miss. Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat Major that acquired the noble epithet Emperor and Bruckner’s Symphony No. 3 in D Minor, dedicated to the great Richard Wagner, are among the most recognised and most remarkable works by their composers. Ludwig van Beethoven’s Concerto is described as the last great concerto in the classical style and at the same the first Romantic piano concerto. The premiere of Anton Bruckner’s Symphony No. 3 had not been well received due to the unsuccessful conducting of the composer himself and the unwilling Vienna Philharmonic orchestra players. (Only seventeen people remained in the audience of the Musikverein, among them the famous Gustav Mahler, who out of respect for this grandiose piece later composed its piano version). Another admirer of the Symphony No. 3 was Richard Wagner whose musical quotes permeate the whole score — hence the nickname ‘Wagner-Symphonie’. Thanks to their monumentality and their decisive character both compositions are often described as ‘heroic’, Beethoven secured this characteristic even further by choosing the heroic key of E-flat Major, employed also in his Symphony No. 3 Eroica. A brilliant programme, the energetic chief conductor Emmanuel Villaume and the excellent skills of the pianist Simon Trpčeski promise to provide a truly impressive entry to the new 26th season.
Simon Trpčeski at the BBC Proms