Ludwig Van Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.3
Anton Bruckner: Symphony No.3
Thomas Dausgaard conducts Bruckner's towering Symphony No.3 and is joined by young soloist David Fray in Beethoven's Piano Concerto No.3.
Bruckner is widely recognised as one of the greatest of all symphonists, yet his groundbreaking music was slow to gain recognition. His is a hypnotic, spiritual art that refuses to be rushed. His structures unwind gradually with awesome precision, unleashing an all-engulfing emotional power unlike anything else in music. It all proved too much for the Vienna Philharmonic of the 1860s, which having already rejected his First Symphony as 'too wild and daring' dismissed the Second as 'nonsense' and 'unplayable'!
If Bruckner creates the impression of looking up to the Heavens, Beethoven preferred life on terra firma, as witnessed by the rumbustious good humour of his delightful Third Piano Concerto.
Change of Artist
Please note that Kurt Masur has unfortunately withdrawn from this concert due to ill health. The Philharmonia is most grateful to Thomas Dausgaard for taking his place.
Thomas Dausgaard conductor
David Fray piano