Thursday 7 Feb 2013, 7pmTokyo Opera City Hall, Tokyo

Esa-Pekka Salonen conductor

Leif Ove Andsnes piano

Lutosławski Symphony No. 4

Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4

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Beethoven Symphony No. 7

Written at a turbulent time in the composer’s life, Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony is a brilliant example of the tragic yet otherworldly genius that has come to be associated with Beethoven’s music. Napoleonic wars, unrequited love, financial difficulties combine to create a melting pot for the work that resulted. Its highlight comes in the second movement – the Allegretto – where this unrest seems to pour out in a slow, dark, searingly beautiful form.

The première recording of Witold Lutosławski's Fourth Symphony, the crowning achievement of the composer’s distinguished career, was conducted by the Philharmonia’s Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor Esa-Pekka Salonen just three months before Lutosławski passed away. The performance marks just one of a series of Philharmonia concerts throughout 2013 that celebrate Lutosławski's Centenary year, and which will see his music performed in London, Japan, Spain and the composer’s native Poland.