The two, controlled explosions at the beginning of the ‘Eroica’ Symphony sent shockwaves through the 19th-century music scene. No one before had been as ambitious as Beethoven and this tale of triumph over adversity plays out on a massive, majestic scale.
This struggle carries through to Nielsen’s Clarinet Concerto where the soloist battles against an assertive snare drum which seems to goad the clarinet in its more reflective, melancholic moments. The uneasy shifting of the music tells of the inner strife of a composer aware of the ever-nearing end.
Fazil Say’s Symphonic Dances transport us to a land where East meets West in a set of dances inspired by the Turkish music of the composer’s homeland.
This concert will be one hour and 45 minutes long (with an interval).