BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra Osborne plays Beethoven's Emperor Concerto
City Halls : Grand Hall
Few composers were more aware than Ralph Vaughan Williams of what it meant to write a Ninth Symphony – and few have been less daunted. The composer may have been 85 years old, but 1950s audiences heard a symphony of astonishing power, ambition and imaginative fire: a contemporary prophet looking forward, not back. It’s a strikingly equal match for Beethoven’s mighty ‘Emperor’ concerto, as Steven Osborne and Andrew Manze tackle two of the pinnacles of our Beethoven concerto and Vaughan Williams symphony cycles. And for once, Richard Wagner doesn’t quite steal the show, though his visionary Lohengrin prelude burns with the same inner light.
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