Prom 12 (part 1): Leif Ove Andsnes and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Live from the Royal Albert Hall in London, Leif Ove Andsnes directs the Mahler Chamber Orchestra from the piano. Stravinsky: Octet. Beethoven: Piano Concerto No 2 in B flat.
Leif Ove Andsnes and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, live at the BBC Proms, complete the cycle of Beethoven Piano Concertos contrasting the Second and Fifth with Stravinsky's Octet.
Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Sara Mohr-Pietsch
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat major 'Emperor', Op 73
Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Leif Ove Andsnes
Leif Ove Andsnes and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra complete their cycle of Beethoven Piano Concertos with Nos. 2 and 5 - the composer's first and final experiments in the genre.
In No. 2 a spacious and lovely central Adagio is framed with Mozartian grace in the outer movements, while the Fifth is the composer's last word on the subject - a musical emancipation of the soloist that anticipates the Romantic concertos of Beethoven's successors. Looking to the musical past for inspiration once again, Stravinsky's Octet pastiches the forms and textures of the 18th century, colouring them with a mood and mischief all his own.
[This Prom will be repeated on Tuesday 28th July at 2pm].
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