This all-Beethoven programme is opens with the Overture to his only complete ballet score, The Creatures of Prometheus. Paul Lewis will then perform Piano Concerto No. 4, the premiere of which was performed by the composer himself.
After the interval we’ll hear Symphony No.7. At its premiere, Beethoven was noted as remarking that it was one of his best works. Since then it has gone on to win many fans, including Wagner who described it as The Apotheosis of the Dance. The unbounded finale, was apparently summed up by Tchaikovsky as a whole series of images, full of unrestrained joy, full of bliss and pleasure of life.