Classics Series B
Beethoven, Chopin and a Sorrowful Song
Oct 27, 2017 – Oct 28, 2017 at the Centennial Concert Hall
Ecstasy and despair… adversaries at the heart of the Autumn Festival. It starts with Beethoven’s colourful interpretation of the Prometheus myth: humanity’s creation and its protector’s eternal punishment. Then Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2, written in the passion and pangs of first love. Chopin dedicated the Adagio to this love, creating a piece Liszt called “a perfection almost ideal.”
Górecki’s Symphony No. 3 is a lament so powerful it transcends genre. The text comes from messages scratched on the walls of a Gestapo prison. “I wanted to express a great sorrow,” Górecki said, a goal he achieved with profound beauty.
Join us for a pre-concert chat on the Piano Nobile at 7:15 p.m. each night.
Creatures of Prometheus: OvertureLudwig van Beethoven
Piano Concerto No.2Frederic Chopin
Symphony No.3 (Symphony of Sorrowful Songs)Henryk Górecki
Symphony of Sorrowful SongsFri, Oct 27, 2017 at 10:30 AM
Polish composer Henryk Górecki’s Third Symphony (1976) is entitled Symphony of Sorrowful Songs is a lament so powerful it transcends genre. The text comes from messages scratched on the walls of a Gestapo prison. The famous 1992 recording by Dawn Upshaw and David Zinman sold over one million copies.
- Daniel Raiskin, conductor
- Nathalie Paulin, soprano
- Górecki: Symphony No.3 (Symphony of Sorrowful Songs)