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Bournemouth SO - Prokofiev, Mozart, Shchedrin and Beethoven

Kirill Karabits conducts the Bournemouth SO. Prokofiev: Classical Symphony. Mozart: Piano Concerto No 17. Shchedrin: Beethoven's Heiligenstadt Testament. Beethoven: Symphony No 2.

Presented by Petroc Trelawny

Kirill Karabits conducts the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra in a concert of two works from the classical period and two Russian works from the 20th century inspired by classical composers. Shchedrin composed his Heiligenstadt Testament in response to a letter Beethoven wrote to his brothers in a mood of utter misery and despair as he struggled to accept his advancing deafness was incurable and would inevitably worsen. Written in the small village of Heiligenstadt in1802 as he worked on his Second Symphony the letter was never sent and was only found after Beethoven's death. Prokofiev's First Symphony used the classical symphonies of Haydn and Mozart as it's model but with an added twist of spiky modernity. Mozart himself was so happy with tonight's Piano Concerto he taught his pet starling to sing the opening bars of the final movement. Recorded at the Lighthouse, Poole last week

Prokofiev - Classical Symphony
Mozart : Piano Concerto No.17
Shchedrin : Beethoven's Heiligenstadt Testament
Beethoven : Symphony No.2

Martin Helschen (piano)
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Kirill Karabits (conductor)

Followed by Beethoven's String Quartet in C minor Op. 18 No. 4 recorded by the Artemis Quartet at the Wigmore hall last month.

2 hours, 15 minutes