Katie Derham presents the Halle performing John Foulds's April - England, Beethoven's Piano Concerto No 3 (soloist Paul Lewis) and Strauss's Ein Heldenleben.
With Katie Derham
The pianist Paul Lewis pays his third visit to the Royal Albert Hall this season for the next concerto in his Beethoven cycle, this time with the Halle and its Music Director Sir Mark Elder. Beethoven's third concerto is more turbulent than those that precede it, and it shows a more experimental side of Beethoven's musical language.
The concert opens with music by John Foulds who had a varied life as a musician - as a cellist with the Halle Orchestra, as a conductor, a cinema pianist, and a composer of both serious and light music. And it ends with Richard Strauss casting himself as the central heroic figure in his epic tone poem Ein Heldenleben, portraying his own life as a struggle against adversity. Introduced by Penny Gore
Foulds: April - England, Op.48 No.1
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.3 in C minor
R. Strauss: Ein Heldenleben
Paul Lewis, piano
Sir Mark Elder, conductor.