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Proms 2017 Prom 74: Vienna Philharmonic – Brahms, Mozart and Beethoven

Prom 74
Prom 74: Vienna Philharmonic – Brahms, Mozart and Beethoven
19:30 Fri 8 Sep 2017 Royal Albert Hall
Pianist Emanuel Ax joins the Vienna Philharmonic for its second Prom this season, under Michael Tilson Thomas. Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony sits alongside Brahms’s ‘Haydn’ Variations and the quasi-operatic lyricism of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 14.
Pianist Emanuel Ax joins the Vienna Philharmonic for its second Prom this season, under Michael Tilson Thomas. Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony sits alongside Brahms’s ‘Haydn’ Variations and the quasi-operatic lyricism of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 14.

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Michael Tilson Thomas and pianist Emanuel Ax join the Vienna Philharmonic for the orchestra’s second concert this season – a programme filled with song and dance.

Wagner famously described Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 as ‘the apotheosis of the dance’, and it’s hard to hear the breathless Scherzo or exuberant finale without becoming swept up in the work’s restless energy.

That energy also invigorates Brahms’s Variations, taking a theme once thought to be by Haydn and transforming it by turns into a graceful sicilienne and a swaying, syncopated dance.

For Mozart it is song that offers the inspiration for his dramatic Piano Concerto No. 14, with its arching melodies and almost operatic musical dialogues between soloist and orchestra.

Image: Michael Tilson Thomas © Chris Wahlberg

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