“It is very grand, it is absolutely crazy! We were afraid that the house would crash down!” exclaimed Goethe when he heard Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 for the first time. Valery Gergiev, the Münchner Philharmoniker, and the piano prodigy Daniil Trifonov return us to this stunning atmosphere with a program featuring some of the celebrated Romantic composer’s greatest masterpieces.
Surrounding by the beautiful of Munich’s magnificent Odeonsplatz, the evening opens with an energetic performance of the Coriolanus Overture, inspired by the heroic gesture of the eponymous Roman general who humiliated the Roman senate in Antiquity. In the same epic vein follows the Piano Concerto No. 5, the composer’s final work of the genre, composed in the middle of France’s invasion of Austria and nicknamed the “Emperor” Concerto. The program culminates with the Fifth Symphony, whose heroic breath would cause a “nervous spasm… in the hall” according to Berlioz’s account of one performance. An evening not for the faint of heart!
Daniil Trifonov appears courtesy of Deutsche Grammophon.
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Verbier Festival 2015