Thursday 21 Nov 2019, 7.30pmRoyal Festival Hall, London
Philharmonia Box Office : 020 7921 3907
Philippe Herreweghe conductor
Thomas Zehetmair violin
Beethoven Overture, The Creatures of Prometheus
Beethoven Violin Concerto
Schubert Symphony No. 5
Hear Schubert’s youthful Fifth Symphony alongside Beethoven’s Violin Concerto performed by Thomas Zehetmair, whose recording of the masterpiece Gramophone described as “a great performance, one that simply has to be heard”.
Schubert was just 19 years old and, according to his diary, ‘infatuated with Mozart’, when he composed his Fifth Symphony. Mozart’s influence can be heard in his remarkably accomplished orchestral writing. But the symphony’s profusion of melodies and the hint of melancholy underlying its grace and youthful energy are all Schubert’s own.
In the first half, baroque and Classical music expert Philippe Herreweghe conducts Beethoven’s Violin Concerto, with Thomas Zehetmair the soloist. With its breathtakingly beautiful central slow movement, this work is one of the mainstays of the violin repertoire.
The overture to Beethoven’s only ballet opens tonight’s concert. The story of The Creatures of Prometheus was apt source material indeed for Beethoven - the programme for the first performance describes Prometheus as ‘a lofty spirit who, finding the human beings of his time in a state of ignorance, refined them through art and knowledge.’
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: 100 minutes, including 20 minute interval
- Before the concert: FREE MMSF Young Artists Recital, 6pm, Royal Festival Hall
- Download programme notes: Thursday 21 Nov 2019