Why See Seattle Symphony - Beethoven's Fifth?
Berlioz, Prokofiev & Beethoven
The Seattle Symphony welcomes rising star conductor Kirill Karabits and award-winning Moscow-born Israeli pianist Boris Giltburg for a diverse program of works by Berlioz, Prokofiev and Beethoven. Exploring the shades and expressions of Berlioz lyrical romanticism, Prokofiev's groundbreaking 20th century explorations and Beethoven's genre-straddling virtuosity, the evening begins with the boisterous Roman Carnival Overture, arguably Berlioz's most popular piece thanks to its vigorous depiction of a lively and joyful festival scene.
In stark contrast, the program continues with Prokofiev's Fifth Piano Concerto, a dazzling yet subtle display of diamond-sharp orchestration, fierce originality and fearlessness in experimenting with the fundamentals of classical music. Things come to a close with Beethoven's great Fifth Symphony, a masterwork that is ingrained in the collective memory because of its immortal and instantly-recognisable opening notes - four hammer blows of fate that herald four movements grand moments, simmering drama and an explosive finale where the glories of trombones, piccolo and contrabassoon finally come into play.
Opening night: 15 November 2018
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