Moira has music to mark Halloween; a recording of Saint-Saëns’ Danse Macabre, heard in a 2018 release from the Utah Symphony Orchestra, followed by a musical trip to the stormy Hebrides thanks to the music of Mendelssohn.
The centrepiece of the afternoon is a performance of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No.4, performed by Stephen Hough in a critically acclaimed recording released earlier this year. Elsewhere, we hear a nature-inspired work by Handel and Tchaikovsky’s tribute to Mozart; his Serenade for Strings.
Moira presents a musical programme designed to lift the spirits, beginning with Lehár’s overture to The Merry Widow, before Mozart’s joyful Piano Concerto No.23 in a live performance by Hélène Grimaud, who celebrates her birthday today.
Elsewhere, Edward Gardner directs the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in Mendelssohn’s ‘Italian’ symphony, which the composer described as “the jolliest piece I have ever done”, and there’s magical music from John Williams too.
The Merry Widow – Overture
Richard Bonynge conducts the National Philharmonic Orchestra
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Piano Concerto No.23 in A major K.488
Hélène Grimaud directs the Bavarian Radio Chamber Orchestra
Harry Potter – Harry’s Wondrous World
John Williams conducts a studio orchestra
Piano Quintet in A major D.667
The Anne-Sophie Mutter Quintet
Symphony No.4 in A major Op. 90
Edward Gardner conducts the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra