I went to another SLSO concert on March 11. I decided at the last minute to go. The program included only two works: Beethoven's First Piano Concerto (Opus #15) and Richard Strauss' Alpine Symphony (Opus #64). Beethoven wrote five piano concerti. These two woks don't have much in common. The Alpine Symphony is actually a tone pome. Richard Strauss wrote Symphonia Domestica (Opus #53) Or Domestic Symphony which could actually be considered also a tome pome. he also wrote two early symphonies of which I can not find very many recordings of. I like his Violin Concerto (opus#8) which dates from 1881. Also I can't find very many recordings of this work available.
The conductor was Steven Deneve a Frenchman who is currently the chief conductor of the Brussels Philharmonic stephanedeneve.com. The pianist was Steven Osborne who is a British pianist. Stevenosborn.co.uk is his personal web site. Both are named Steven and born in the year 1971. Mr. Deneve explained the movements of the Alpine Symphony. This work makes use of Wagner Tubs, Cowbells and other instruments that may not be associate with an orchestra. It lasts a little under an hour and is split in to 22 movements most of which are about the same length. The Beethoven Piano Concerto is about 35 minutes in length. It is in three movements. I especially like the third movement of this work. both Deneve and Osborne have international reputations.
the Beethoven Piano Concerto dates from 1796-97 and is actually his third attempt at a piano concerto but the first one to be published. It has influences both Haydn and Mozart both of whom Beethoven had met. The second movement is more elleggant and surreal. I like the third movement (ondo; Allegro scherzando). In my opinion, it is the best part.
Beethoven's Most famous work is the Fifth Piano Concerto. Theso-called "Emperoror" Concerto (Opus #73) Which was one of the first classicl music compoisititons that I had heard of. My parents had a 33rpm of it.
The second part of the programe was Richard Strauss' Alpine Symphony "Eine Alpensinfonie" Which was written in 1915. The frist recordings of it date from 1925. It is devided in to twenty two parts. Begenis and ends with Night "Nacht". This piece was inspired by Richard Strauss' love of nature. he may have had influence form trip(s) to the Alps and climbing journeys. Richard Strauss was born and raised in Munich which is in the Alps.
The title of the Fifth "Emperor" was originally intended to be dedicated to Napoleon but Beethoven withdrew the dedication because he thought that Napoleon was a tyrant.