2nd of January
As part of marking the 250th anniversary of the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven, the Staatsorchestra Braunsweig under musical direction of Srba Dinic, will perform the Overture of Leonor Br. 3, Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37 and Symphony no. 5 in C minor, Op. 67.
Pianist Olga Scheps will be introduced as a soloist in Piano Concerto No. 3.
The Leonore No. 3 is one of the most magnificent overtures in the orchestral literature. A musical/philosophical way that Beethoven also traveled in his Fifth and Ninth Symphonies, in this sweeping overture it is compressed into a tonal document of staggering power.
Many critics consider the Piano Concerto No. 3 precisely the personification of Beethoven’s dramatic, dark personality whose music was shaped by tragic life events. In the concert, Beethoven seems to be travelling the gamut of emotion from tragedy to comedy while imposing at the heart of the whole piece, the composer’s determination to place the piano equally with the orchestra, just as powerful and expressive.
There are all sorts of characteristics which go with this key, the c minor, and his potency is used by Beethoven for his Fifth Symphony.
Because of its raw power and overwhelming way of representing a triumph over adversity, the Fifth Symphony is considered one of the most popular symphonies. Beethoven himself conducted the premiere of this piece, together with the Sixth “Pastoral” Symphony in Vienna on December 22, 1808, which did not arouse much interest. Since then, however, it has become one of the most popular works of classical music. Guided by its powerful opening motif, the Symphony conveys one of the fundamental elements of European culture by steering the listeners “from darkness to light”, from defeat to triumph.