Boston Symphony Orchestra Performs Beethoven and Bartok
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Beethoven had a difficult year in 1802, learning that his impaired hearing was incurable and likely to worsen into deafness. After a period of despair and bitterness, he emerged with renewed determination and entered a new creative phase often referred to as his "middle period." His featured work in this program was written during that time of intense creativity. The Overture to The Creatures of Prometheus was Beethoven's only full-length ballet. Next up is Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 12 in A, with Paul Lewis on piano. It's the second of three concertos Mozart wrote just after his arrival in Vienna, all of which could also be played a quattro, with just piano and string quartet, thus expanding their performance possibilities. And rounding out the concert is Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 4, Italian. At age 20, Mendelssohn embarked on a "grand tour," with extended visits to the British Isles and Italy, bringing home with him inspiration for future projects. The southern climate of Italy produced, in Mendelssohn's words, "the jolliest piece I have ever done." Christoph von Dohnányi conducts. Learn More
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The young orchestra - Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra - was wonderful. The great conductor was able to get a fine performance out of them. Gil Shaham was absolutely fantastic. His joy of music shone through in this fantastic performance. He was obviously having fun playing which is such a breath of fresh air - so many soloists are way too serious and look as though it is a chore to be playing.
BEETHOVEN – Violin Concerto
BARTÓK – Concerto for Orchestra
About the Ticket Supplier: Boston Symphony Orchestra
Now in its 133rd season, the Boston Symphony Orchestra gave its inaugural concert on October 22, 1881, and has continued to uphold the vision of its founder, the businessman, philanthropist, Civil War veteran, and amateur musician Henry Lee Higginson, for well over a century. The Boston Symphony Orchestra has performed throughout the United States, as well as in Europe, Japan, Hong Kong, South America, and China; in addition, it reaches audiences numbering in the millions through its performances on radio, television, and recordings. It plays an active role in commissioning new works from today’s most important composers; its summer season at Tanglewood is regarded as one of the world’s most important music festivals; it helps develop the audience of the future through BSO Youth Concerts and through a variety of outreach programs involving the entire Boston community; and, during the Tanglewood season, it sponsors the Tanglewood Music Center, one of the world’s most important training grounds for young composers, conductors, instrumentalists, and vocalists. The orchestra’s virtuosity is reflected in the concert and recording activities of the Boston Symphony Chamber Players, one of the world’s most distinguished chamber ensembles made up of a major symphony orchestra’s principal players, and the activities of the Boston Pops Orchestra have established an international standard for the performance of lighter kinds of music. Overall, the mission of the Boston Symphony Orchestra is to foster and maintain an organization dedicated to the making of music consonant with the highest aspirations of musical art, creating performances and providing educational and training programs at the highest level of excellence. This is accomplished with the continued support of its audiences, governmental assistance on both the federal and local levels, and through the generosity of many foundations, businesses, and individuals.