Beethoven & Tchaikovsky
with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Thursday 12 May 2011, 7.30pm
City Halls, Candleriggs, Glasgow G1 1NQ
part of the Flights of Inspiration series
Martin Suckling The Moon, The Moon (Scottish Premiere)
Beethoven Piano Concerto No.4 (c.33') (please note change to originally advertised concerto)
Tchaikovsky Symphony No.5 (c.47’)
Nelson Freire Piano
Ilan Volkov Conductor
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Tchaikovsky's extraordinary relationship with the millionairess Nadezhda von Meck, whom he never properly met but who supported him financially over many years, was undoubtedly a source of inspiration to him. It was her understanding and comforting words that encouraged him to carry on after the unsuccessful premiere of his Fifth Symphony. Now, of course, the symphony is one of his most popular works, and one that makes a glorious end to the season. In Beethoven's Fourth Piano Concerto (please note change to originally advertised concerto) Ilan Volkov and the orchestra renew their collaboration with Brazilian-born Nelson Freire, who is increasingly recognised as one of the most outstanding pianists in the world today.
Pre-Concert Prelude: 6.45pm in the Recital Room
Andrew Trinick, BBC SSO Producer, in conversation with Ilan Volkov, Principal Guest Conductor, about his distinctive approach to programming and his life as a conductor.
Post-Concert Coda: approx. 10 minutes after main concert
In a change to the originally advertised work, Nelson Freire plays Beethoven's Piano Sonata No.31 in A flat major, Op.110.
This concert is being broadcast live on BBC Radio 3
Information correct as at 09/05/2011.
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.