Sunday 24 Mar 2019, 3pmRoyal Festival Hall, London
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Douglas Boyd conductor
Jonathan Biss piano
Mozart Overture, The Marriage of Figaro
Mozart Piano Concerto No. 17, K453
Schubert Symphony No. 9, The Great
An afternoon of Viennese genius with Schubert’s mighty Ninth Symphony, alongside two works by Mozart.
Schubert’s ‘Great C major’ Symphony (so-called to distinguish it from the earlier, shorter ‘Little C major’) combines the gift for melody that shines from Schubert's songs and chamber music with grand scale of a full symphony orchestra, to stunning effect. Schubert composed the symphony during a summer when it seemed he might be restored to health. He responded to this reprieve with music full of life and optimism, from the questing opening horn-call to the unstoppable momentum of the finale, in which he quotes Beethoven’s ‘Ode to Joy’.
In the first half, Mozart’s overture to The Marriage of Figaro vividly conjures up the bustle of preparations for Figaro and Susanna’s wedding. Then, one of Mozart’s finest piano concertos. A graceful and uplifting first movement, a slow movement full of profound emotion, and a dazzling ‘theme and variations’ finale give the soloist the chance to display both technical skill and communicative gifts.
ABOUT THIS PERFORMANCE
- Prices: £58 (premium); £45; £36; £28; £19; £12
- Discounts: Subscription discounts available; under-18s and concessions discounts available; £8 tickets for students via Student Pulse one month before the concert (limited availability)
- Running time: 130 minutes, including 20-minute interval
- Please note: This performance starts at 3pm
- Download programme notes: Sunday 24 Mar 2019
This concert is part of the Sunday Matinees series