Beethoven’s ‘Emperor’ Piano Concerto


Wednesday 16th November 2016 - Sunday 20th November 2016

The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

From £13 (including booking fee)

Wagner - Overture: The Flying Dutchman
Beethoven - Piano Concerto No.5, ‘Emperor’
Sibelius - Symphony No.2

Andrew Manze

Martin Helmchen, Piano

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Andrew Manze returns to the Hallé to conduct a typically imaginative and compelling programme. Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman Overture is a masterful microcosm of an opera about a man condemned by Satan to forever sail the seas. Its storm episode is one of the most dramatic ever written. The New York Times described Martin Helmchen as possessing ‘a noble bearing and a noble sound’. He is the perfect soloist for Beethoven’s majestic ‘Emperor’ concerto. Premiered in 1902, Sibelius’s Second Symphony immediately became an emblem for Finnish people in their battle against Russian oppression. Sibelius hadn’t intended such a purpose, but a sense of heroic struggle still lies at the work’s core.

(Image credit: Benjamin Ealovega)

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