Concert begins at 7.30pm
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Andris Nelsons - conductor
Stephen Hough - piano
Beethoven - Piano Concerto No 3 Listen
Rachmaninov - Symphony No 2 Listen
"Music is enough for a lifetime, but a lifetime is not enough for music" Rachmaninov
Stephen Hough performs Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No 3, which Beethoven himself performed at the premiere, after which his page-turner said: “I saw almost nothing but empty pages; at the most, on one page or another a few Egyptian hieroglyphs wholly unintelligible to me were scribbled down to serve as clues for him; for he played nearly all the solo part from memory since, as was so often the case, he had not had time to set it all down on paper.”
Rachmaninov was living in Germany when he composed his second symphony – a move he made from Russia in order to focus more on his composition and less on conducting. Following great criticism of his first symphony Rachmaninov had suffered from depression and a lack of confidence. However, this work was a great success, restoring his faith in himself and winning him a Glinka Award.
Pre-concert talk 6.45pm
Catherine Tackley discusses the evening’s works.
Entry is free to ticket-holders for the concert but space is limited so please arrive early to avoid disappointment.
This concert will finish at approximately 9.30pm