With a thunderous rolling timpani followed by a distinctive, famous melody, the 2021/22 season begins with Edvard Grieg’s Piano Concerto, one of the most recognizable works in classical music. Stewart Goodyear takes on the iconic work and proves why the Canadian pianist has been proclaimed “a phenomenon” (Los Angeles Times) and “one of the best pianists of his generation” (Philadelphia Inquirer). The evening includes a rich orchestral work by Fanny Mendelssohn as well as Johannes Brahms’ pastoral Second Symphony.
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· Many people don’t realize that Fanny Mendelssohn, elder sister of Felix Mendelssohn, composed orchestral works. There are, in fact, several oratorios and a concert aria, but her Overture in C Major is the only one she wrote for orchestra alone. Like many of her works, the Overture was unpublished during Fanny’s lifetime, and for more than a hundred years after that. It wasn’t until 1994 when Furore-Edition released an edited, typeset score in 1994, that modern day orchestras were provided with the opportunity for new performances.
· In a sign of the times, Canadian pianist Stewart Goodyear was named an Honorary Fellow of The Royal Conservatory during the first-ever online convocation ceremony for the RCM Certificate Program last fall. An alumnus of the program and The Glenn Gould School, Goodyear praised the cohort of music program graduates for “carrying the love of what you do and transporting that love to every person in the world.”
· Like so many composers who came on the heels of Ludwig van Beethoven, Johannes Brahms wrote with the long shadow of the great composer hanging over him always. It didn’t help that his first attempt at a symphony, which at the last moment turned into his Piano Concerto No1. I D minor was so roundly hissed at the premiere that the experience discouraged Brahms not only from writing another symphony, but also from pursuing a career as a concert pianist. It took fifteen years for him to find the courage to try again! Fortunately, his Symphony No. 1 was a success. The creative floodgates finally opened, and his Symphony No. 2 was completed less than a year later.