Sunday 28 October 2018 – 7.30pm
Beethoven & Cherubini
We open our 75th Season with Beethoven's Piano Concerto No 4 with soloist Matthew McLachlan from Chetham’s School of Music. Sometimes regarded as a transition piece between Beethoven's earlier classical style into a warmer early romantic character, the premiere of this work was the last time that Beethoven played in public with orchestra. Although the work was soon shadowed by the Fifth Piano Concerto a few years later, a review in the May 1809 edition of the Allgemeine musikalische Zeitung states that "[this concerto] is the most admirable, singular, artistic and complex Beethoven concerto ever".
The main choral contribution to the concert is from one of Beethoven’s favourite composers, Cherubini. An Italian who travelled thorout Europe, including London, Cherubini made his home in France where he became a successful writer of operas. The success was not long-lived, however and he turned to church music, writing seven masses, two requiems, and many shorter pieces. Cherubini's Requiem in C minor (1816), commemorating the anniversary of the execution of King Louis XVI of France, was a huge success. The work was greatly admired by Beethoven.
The concert will commence with the Te Deum by Haydn. This wonderfully exuberant setting of the hymn of praise comes from the last period of Haydn's life, when, at last free of the need to compose for money, he produced some of his most famous and enduring compositions: The Creation, (performed by the Society in 2015), The Seasons (planned for performance by the Society in the next few years), the final six masses (performed many times during the Society's history), and the Trumpet Concerto amongst others.
Tickets: £13.50 available from:
Buxton Opera House Box Office: 0845 127 2190 or 01298 72190 or book online: buxtonoperahouse.org.uk
Tickets are also available in advance from Society members (50p discount) and on the door before each concert in St John’s Church (limited availability)