Beethoven Prometheus Overture Mendelssohn Piano concerto no. 1 Beethoven Symphony no.3 (Eroica)
Piano: Florian Mitrea Conductor: Robert Hodge
The overture to Beethoven’s only ballet score, Prometheus, is often played as a stand-alone item, as it will be at this first concert of the CCSO season. It is an orchestral showpiece, setting the mood for even greater virtuosity in Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No. 1. Mendelssohn was the soloist at the 1831 première, captivating the audience with his astonishing technique, described by contemporaries as ‘…a quicksilver touch with fingers that could sing’. It was a favourite of Mendelssohn’s great contemporary, Franz Liszt. Florian Mitrea, the hugely talented Rumanian pianist now living in the UK, will surely create as great a stir playing Mendelssohn as he did with his performance of the Tchaikovsky concerto in Cambridge earlier this year.
Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3, the Eroica, was an astonishing ground-breaker in its time: around twice as long as any earlier symphony and furnished with a heart-rending funeral march followed by a frantic scherzo. It ends with a monumental finale built on a theme from an earlier work, ‘The Creatures of Prometheus’.
Sat 13 October at 7:30pm
West Road Concert Hall
£18, £16, £8, £5
West Road Concert Hall is one of Cambridge's premier music venues. Ideally situated only minutes' walk from the famous Cambridge Backs and King's College, it is renowned for its superb acoustic qualities.
Please note there is restricted viewing from some of the balcony seating.
Three wheelchair spaces are available in the concert hall with easy access at ground floor level throughout the building.
The main entrance to the venue has a double width door, with a push button for automatic opening.