Osborne Plays Beethoven: ‘The Emperor’ Concerto
with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Thursday 02 May 2013, 7.30pm
City Halls, Candleriggs, Glasgow G1 1NQ
Wagner Prelude to Act 1 of Lohengrin (c.9')
Vaughan Williams Symphony No. 9 (c.36')
Beethoven Piano Concerto No.5 ‘The Emperor' (c.40')
(please note change to originally advertised programme order)
Steven Osborne piano
Andrew Manze conductor
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Few composers were more aware than Ralph Vaughan Williams of what it meant to write a Ninth Symphony - and few have been less daunted. The composer may have been 85 years old, but 1950s audiences heard a symphony of astonishing power, ambition and imaginative fire: a contemporary prophet looking forward, not back. It's a strikingly equal match for Beethoven's mighty ‘Emperor' concerto, as Steven Osborne and Andrew Manze tackle two of the pinnacles of our Beethoven concerto and Vaughan Williams symphony cycles. And for once, Richard Wagner doesn't quite steal the show, though his visionary Lohengrin prelude burns with the same inner light.
Prelude: 6.45pm in the Recital Room
Anthony Payne talks with Andrew Manze about the influence Vaughan Williams has had on him as a composer (free to ticket holders - limited seating availability).
Post-Concert Coda (approximately 10 minutes after the main concert)
Members of the BBC SSO and pianist Scott Mitchell perform Anthony Payne's Piano Quintet, introduced by the composer.
The main concert will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 - presented by Jamie MacDougall.
How to get there
- The nearest subway station is St Enoch, which is approximately a ten-minute walk from the venues.
- Many local service buses pass close by City Halls and the Old Fruitmarket, either along Trongate or Glassford Street. Most are operated by First Bus.
- Queen Street and Central Stations are a ten-minute walk from the venues. For information on rail travel within the UK, National Rail is the official source for all rail information, train times and timetables.
- On the M8 motorway, take junction 15, turn left onto Castle Street following signs for the Royal Infirmary/East Kilbride/A730. Castle Street becomes High Street and at the fourth set of traffic lights, turn right onto Ingram Street. Candleriggs is the second street on the left. The nearest car parks is the Q-Park on Albion Street which offers parking deals for our customers – call the box office on 0141 353 8000 for more details.
- The Grand Hall at City Halls is accessible to those with mobility difficulties. A lift from the Candleriggs entrance gives access to all levels. Our Concert Halls are fitted with infra-red assisted hearing systems which are specially designed for use in large auditoria. Please notify the Box Office when booking.