BBC Symphony Orchestra
7 May 2020, Barbican, London
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BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus 2019-20 Season Paul Lewis performs Beethoven Piano Concerto No.4

BBC Symphony Orchestra
Paul Lewis performs Beethoven Piano Concerto No.4
19:30 Thu 7 May 2020 Barbican, London

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Dora Pejačević was born into the comfort of Eastern European aristocracy but never took the easy path in life. She travelled miles to be challenged by the greatest minds of the age and was thrust into creative overdrive by the horrors of the First World War. In 1916, when her Symphony in F sharp minor started to take shape, Pejačević dropped aristocratic mannerisms and politeness, beginning to write with a blazing authenticity that fills this explosive, elegiac, rhapsodic symphony.

Sakari Oramo conducts it here alongside works by Beethoven that speak of light and love brought to a world of darkness and fear, including his Fourth Piano Concerto with stunning soloist, Paul Lewis.