Barbican Concerts

Nielsen Symphony No 3

Tue 13 Dec 2011 7.30pm - Barbican Hall, London

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Sir Colin Davis

Sir Colin Davis

Sir Colin Davis - Nielsen Symphony No 3

HAYDN Symphony No 93
NIELSEN Symphony No 3 ('Sinfonia Espansiva')
BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No 5 ('Emperor')

Sir Colin Davis conductor
Mitsuko Uchida
piano
Lucy Hall soprano
Marcus Farnsworth baritone
London Symphony Orchestra

The first of his ‘London’ symphonies, Haydn’s Symphony No 93 surprises us with some cheeky bassoon scoring as well as a quotation on the oboe from Don Giovanni’s ‘Viva la libertà’. The ‘Espansiva’ of Nielsen’s Symphony No 3 is believed to refer to the ‘outward growth of the mind’s scope’ – a kind of cosmic waltz movement is followed by a Nordic pastorale, then a rousing folk-inflected finale. The powerful, heroic themes of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No 5 led Beethoven’s friend and fellow composer Johann Baptist Cramer to give it the name ‘Emperor’.

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