Tuesday 7th September 2021
Royal Albert Hall, London
£9.50 to £52 (including booking fees)
Unsuk Chin - Subito con forza (BBC co-commission: UK premiere)
Beethoven - Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major (cadenzas: Saint-Saëns)
Saint-Saëns - Symphony No. 3 in C minor, 'Organ'
Sir Mark Elder
Benjamin Grosvenor, piano
Anna Lapwood, organ
‘What I have here accomplished, I will never achieve again.’ So wrote Camille Saint-Saens of his last – and greatest symphony, a work full of melody, invention and sonic drama (not to mention a piano-duet effect he liked so much he recycled it in The Carnival of the Animals).
Just as the mighty ‘Organ’ Symphony rewrote the 19th-century musical rules, so Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 scandalised audiences some 80 years earlier, with its revolutionary opening and tender, slow-movement battle between soloist and orchestra, famously compared to Orpheus taming the Furies.
Beethoven is also the inspiration for Unsuk Chin’s volatile Subito con forza, given its UK premiere here by Sir Mark Elder and the Hallé.
All customers aged 14 years or below must be accompanied by an adult aged 18 years or over. We don’t recommend bringing any under 5s to this Prom.