Also this evening :
Austro-Hungarian composer Hugo Wolf was in such awe of Bruckner’s monumental Eighth Symphony that he hailed it ‘the creation of a giant’, concluding that ‘no Roman emperor could have wished for a greater triumph’. With the weight and grandeur of its themes and the Wagnerian ambition of its orchestration, such lofty praise would not seem misplaced. Indeed, today – over a century after its 1892 Vienna première – it remains an apotheosis of the symphonic form. Here its epic scale and towering complexity are perfectly contrasted with the pared down introspection of Mozart’s Concerto No. 27, played tonight by Martin Helmchen.
This evening’s concert is given in honour of Sir Sydney Lipworth QC and Lady Lipworth CBE
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