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Aurora Orchestra plays Suckling, Mozart and Beethoven

From Kings Place, Aurora Orchestra and Nicholas Collon perform Martin Suckling's song-cycle Candlebird, Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 16 and Beethoven's Symphony No 4.

Martin Suckling received widespread critical acclaim for his poignant song cycle Candlebird at its premiere in 2011, which sets texts by Don Paterson. Tonight's conductor, Nicholas Collon, conducted that first performance and has championed the work ever since. This work precedes the next instalment in Aurora Orchestra's cycle of the complete Mozart piano concertos: No. 16 in D major, featuring pianist Charles Owen, making his debut with the orchestra. Concluding tonight's concert is Beethoven's Symphony No. 4. Situated rather awkwardly between the ground-breaking Third ('Eroica') and the monumental Fifth symphonies, the Fourth eschews fate and angst in favour of a sunny, cheerful character that often recalls the classical model of Haydn.

Recorded at Kings Place, 7th April

Martin Suckling: Candlebird
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 16 in D major, KV. 451


Beethoven: Symphony No. 4 in B flat major, Op. 60

Mark Stone (baritone)
Charles Owen (piano)
Aurora Orchestra
Nicholas Collon (conductor).

2 hours, 30 minutes

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