The Hallé with Klaus Mäkelä and Vikingur Ólafsson
Klaus Mäkelä conductor
Vikingur Ólafsson piano
BEETHOVEN Prometheus: Overture 5’
BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 1 36’
SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 5 44’
The Hallé, under the baton of the brilliant young Finnish conductor Klaus Mäkelä, opens the season in scintillating style. Beethoven was instinctively drawn to the Prometheus myth and the music he wrote for a ballet based on it, including its overture, is suitably heroic and uplifting.
Vikingur Ólafsson was recently described by Gramophone as a “breathtakingly brilliant pianist” and was a dual winner at the 2019 BBC Music Magazine awards. Tonight he is soloist in Beethoven’s First Concerto, a piece influenced by the music of Haydn and Mozart that is also stamped with its composer’s own
Debate still rages as to whether Shostakovich’s legendary Fifth Symphony is genuinely ‘a Soviet artist’s reply to just criticism’, as the composer once described it, or a work that encodes subversive political messages. Either way, it is a towering monument of 20th-century music.
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