Beethoven and Rachmaninov

Wednesday 8 December 2010 at 7.30pm

Symphony Hall, Birmingham +44 (0)121-780 3333

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Thomas Dausgaard  conductor
Louis Lortie  piano

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.5 (Emperor) 38′
Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 2 55′ Listen
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One concert: two epic dramas. “C’est l’empereur!” cried a French soldier,
at the first performance of Beethoven’s Fifth Piano Concerto, and the
name has stuck. And fair enough: with its majestic proportions and
stirring melodies, this is a concerto on a truly imperial scale – and a
challenge even for a virtuoso of the calibre of our soloist tonight, Louis
Lortie. Rachmaninov’s tremendous Second Symphony is even grander in
scale; a passionate journey through a vast Russian landscape, with
some of the most romantic music even Rachmaninov ever wrote. Danish
maestro Thomas Dausgaard has this music pulsing through his veins;
expect soaring emotions and sweeping drama, from first note to last.

Louis Lortie encore- Chopin –

Review by Christopher Morley, Birmingham Post:

… “There was so much empathy here between Lortie, CBSO, and the expressive and attentive conductor Thomas Dausgaard, eye-contact between the pianist and orchestral soloists rewardingly collaborative, and Lortie listening so enthusiastically to his colleagues during tutti passages.

[…]After this, Dausgaard’s account of Rachmaninov’s wonderful Second Symphony, shaped with searing inevitability, seemed like a huge bonus. Robert Plane drew all the sweet regretful tenderness from the adagio’s famous clarinet solo, and there were sweet solos, too, from Zoe Beyers at the leader’s desk.   5 stars ”