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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.
More concerts with Edward Gardner
Apr 03 2014, 19:30 - Royal Festival Hall
Edward Gardner conducts a charts the history of Romanticsim with works by Berlioz, Wagner and Elgar
Apr 02 2014, 19:30 - De Montfort Hall
Gardner conducts Wagner, Berlioz and Elgar