Wednesday 13 Feb 2013, 7.30pmSt David's Hall, Cardiff

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Edward Gardner conductor

Francois-Frederic Guy

Beethoven Overture, Fidelio

Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3

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Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4

The Fourth Symphony was for many, including Tchaikovsky, a breakthrough. Here, Tchaikovsky is in total control of the orchestral palette, with highly original colours – including an almost entirely pizzicato third movement. Woven into the entire work is the ‘fate’ motif, spelled out in the first movement, subsequently developed, and by the finale it is violently thrown around the orchestra in a torrent of enthusiasm. It is the composer’s most exciting symphonic invention. Before this, Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 a work with a distinct sense of Romantic distress, yet still strongly reminiscent of Mozart’s late piano concertos. The serenely meditative Largo is bookended by movements of symphonic opulence, Beethoven successfully exposing the dramatic potential of the form.


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