Tuesday 21 Feb 2017, 7.45pmThe Anvil, Basingstoke
Venue Box Office: 01256 844 244
Esa-Pekka Salonen conductor
Pierre-Laurent Aimard piano
Richard Watkins horn
Katy Woolley horn
Nigel Black horn
Michael Thompson horn
Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 5, Emperor
Davies Forest - A Concerto for Four Horns and Orchestra(World Premiere)
Richard Strauss Also sprach Zarathustra
Beethoven’s last piano concerto is his most brilliant and powerful. The confident outer movements are balanced by an inward-looking slow movement, which moves into the finale with a simple but magical transition. It’s followed by a new piece for the orchestra’s horn section, which showcases the rhythmically driving, iridescent sound world of composer Tansy Davies. Strauss’ symphonic poem opens with one of the most striking passages in all music. But there’s much more to it than that, and it is one of the composer’s most ambitious orchestral works, daringly closing on an enigmatic and ambiguous note.
6.30pm Free pre-concert talk
Tansy Davies' Concerto for Four Horns and Orchestra was commissioned by Esa-Pekka Salonen for the Philharmonia Orchestra’s 70th Anniversary.