The Ripieno Players, joined by George Needham and Sofia Kirwan-Baez, present two much-loved works composed at either end of the nineteenth century. The first, an ‘Heroic Period’ Beethoven Piano Concerto, premiered in the same year as his mighty ‘Eroica’ Symphony. The second, Mahler’s ‘Das Himmlische Leben’ Symphony, which tells the story of a child’s view of Heaven (as portrayed by the Soprano Soloist in the final movement).
A work which is often regarded as one of Mahler’s most intimate works, the Fourth Symphony contains some of the composer’s most innovative orchestrational techniques: from the chamber-like polyphonic writing of the first and second movements to the Brucknerian-like climaxes in the third movement and the suprising subtlety of the final movement, this symphony has it all. On account of its ‘neo-classical’ characteristics, Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto, deeply inspired by Mozart’s works in the genre, makes a suitable companion piece to Mahler’s final ‘Wunderhorn’ symphony.
Leaders: Emma Lisney/Bethan Rose
Piano Soloist: George Needham
Soprano Soloist: Sofia Kirwan-Baez
Conductor: Joe Davies