“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.
Surrounded by the beauty of Munich’s magnificent Odeonsplatz, the program opens with an energetic performance of the Coriolanus Overture, inspired by the eponymous Roman general's heroic act that humiliated the Roman senate. In the same epic vein follows the Piano Concerto No. 5, the composer’s final work of the genre, composed during France’s invasion of Austria and nicknamed the “Emperor” Concerto. The evening culminates in the Fifth Symphony, whose electric heroism triggered a “nervous spasm… in the hall” according to Berlioz’s account of one performance. An musical evening not for the faint of heart!
Daniil Trifonov appears courtesy of Deutsche Grammophon.
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Photo: © Marcus Schlaf
Verbier Festival 2015