The Full Works Concert - Friday 14 November, 8pm

Catherine Bott presents the third, special LA Phil Fridays concert.

Esa-Pekka Salonen. Photo: Clive Barda

It's an extra-special Full Works Concert tonight, as Catherine Bott presents the third of five exclusive LA Phil Fridays – live performances from Classic FM’s Orchestra in America, the Los Angeles Philharmonic

Tonight's performance opens with the overture from a rarely heard work by Beethoven called King Stephen. In 1808, Emperor Francis I of Austria commissioned the construction of a large theatre in Budapest, to alleviate the nationalist feelings incipient in Hungary and to celebrate the loyalty of Hungary to the Austrian monarchy. At the time of the inauguration of this theatre in 1811, Beethoven was commissioned to put to music two commemorative texts - King Stephen and The Ruins of Athens. The title refers to King Stephen I, founder of the kingdom of Hungary in the year 1000.

The concert continues with Grieg’s Piano Concerto - a favourite ever since its first performance and currently No. 23 in the Classic FM Hall of Fame. Dvorak’s Seventh Symphony is the central symphonic work of the concert, 

The show concludes with Esa-Pekka Salonen (pictured) conducting Franceso da Rimini, Tchaikovsky’s symphonic poem inspired by the beautiful but tragic figure immortalised in Dante’s Divine Comedy
 

Ludwig van Beethoven: King Stephen Overture
Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts the Los Angeles Philharmonic 

Edvard Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor Opus 16
Piano: Simon Trpceski
Vassily Petrenko conducts the Los Angeles Philharmonic 

Antonin Dvoƙák: Symphony No.7 in D minor
Zubin Mehta conducts the Los Angeles Philharmonic

Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky: Francesco da Rimini
Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts the Los Angeles Philharmonic

The Full Works Concert

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