Lise de la Salle & Beethoven / Schubert 4

Kurhaus Wiesbaden
International
Wed 29.12.21 20:00

Ludwig van Beethoven, Prometheus (Die Geschöpfe des Prometheus): Overture
Ludwig van Beethoven, Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58
Franz Schubert, Symphony No. 9 in C major, D 944, “The Great”

Sons of the Titans

Beethoven’s ballet Die Geschöpfe des Prometheus is an update of the Greek myth of Prometheus, now inspired by the ideology of the Enlightenment - Prometheus does not bring fire to humankind but rather an introduction to the sciences and the arts.

Beethoven premiered his Piano Concerto No. 4 in December 1808 at the end of a marathon concert at the Theater an der Wien. Other works on the programme included his Symphony No. 5 and Symphony No. 6, parts of his Mass in C and a number of concert arias. The second movement, the Andante, was said to be inspired by the Orpheus legend: at the gates to the underworld the furies (orchestra) rage against the lovesick singer (the piano) who finally tames them.

The Symphony in C major, “The Great” is Franz Schubert’s last major composition for orchestra. This work was never performed during the lifetime of the composer, who died at a young age, and if not for Robert Schumann it would probably have been lost. He convinced Franz Schubert’s brother to send the score to Leipzig, where Mendelssohn conducted the premiere in 1839. Schubert’s Symphony in C major, “The Great” is almost as long as Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 and is equally ambitious. The scherzo and the finale are among the most turbulent rhythmic passages in orchestral music. One theme – consisting of the same four notes – is repeated obsessively until a radiant cadenza in C major brings the symphony to a triumphant close.
 

James Feddeck, conductor
Lise de la Salle, piano

Artists

James Feddeck

Born in New York and hailed by the Chicago Tribune as “A gifted conductor who’s clearly going places”, James Feddeck’s engagements over the past season have included debuts with the BBC Scottish Sy

Lise de la Salle

A career of already over 15 years, award-winning Naïve recordings, international concert appearances – Lise de la Salle has established herself as one of today's exciting young artists and as a mus