Thomas Zehetmair, violin
BEETHOVEN Overture, The Creatures of Prometheus
BEETHOVEN Violin Concerto
SCHUBERT Symphony No. 5
Hear Schubert's youthful Fifth Symphony alongside Beethoven's Violin Concerto performed by Thomas Zehetmair, whose recording of the masterpiece Gramophone described as "a great performance, one that simply has to be heard".
Schubert was just 19 years old and, according to his diary, 'infatuated with Mozart', when he composed his Fifth Symphony. Mozart's influence can be heard in his remarkably accomplished orchestral writing. But the symphony's profusion of melodies and the hint of melancholy underlying its grace and youthful energy are all Schubert's own.
In the first half, baroque and Classical music expert Philippe Herreweghe conducts Beethoven's Violin Concerto, with Thomas Zehetmair the soloist. With its breathtakingly beautiful central slow movement, this work is one of the mainstays of the violin repertoire.
The overture to Beethoven's only ballet opens tonight's concert. The story of The Creatures of Prometheus was apt source material indeed for Beethoven - the programme for the first performance describes Prometheus as 'a lofty spirit who, finding the human beings of his time in a state of ignorance, refined them through art and knowledge.'
The Philharmonia Orchestra is a world-class symphony orchestra for the 21st century, led by Principal Conductor & Artistic Advisor Esa-Pekka Salonen.
The Orchestra's home is Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall, London, where it presents over 50 performances each year. Six other residencies across the UK bring the Philharmonia to a wide national audience. Internationally, the Philharmonia is active across Europe, Asia and the USA.
The Philharmonia was founded in 1945. It has been self-governing since 1964 and is owned by its 80 members. Salonen has been Principal Conductor since 2008, with Santtu-Matias Rouvali being appointed Principal Conductor Designate. Jakub Hrusa is their Principal Guest Conductor, and honorary conductor positions are held by Christoph von Dohnányi and Vladimir Ashkenazy.
Royal Festival Hall stands at the heart of Southbank Centre complex. Opened in 1951 as part of the Festival of Britain, the Hall is one of the world's leading performance venues. As well as the auditorium, the building consists of The Clore Ballroom, Southbank Centre Shop, several places to eat and drink, and the Saison Poetry Library.www.southbankcentre.co.uk
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