When it came to the 5th Symphony Beethoven promised “more noise than six kettledrums and a better noise at that!” Banging the drum for an auspicious anniversary it sends many happy returns alongside a genial concerto and a symphony with a twenty-one-gun salute of its own.
Haydn Symphony No. 100 in G Major ‘Military’
Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 2
Beethoven Symphony No. 5
Conductor Kirill Karabits
Piano Sunwook Kim
Give or take a week it’s exactly 125 years since the BSO gave its first concerts in the ‘Hothouse, Greenhouse, and Cucumber Frame’ AKA the Bournemouth Winter Gardens. Time to hoist some landmark birthday bunting as the BSO trains its crack firepower on Haydn’s effervescent ‘Military’ Symphony (so called after a second movement salvo of trumpets and drums). Victory secure, it’s Beethoven all the way. The playful Mozartian B-flat Piano Concerto with which the composer dazzled as a young virtuoso is paired with arguably the most instantly recognisable symphony in the world: a C minor to major journey through turbulent struggle to blazing triumph.
In its 125-year history there have been thirteen Principal Conductors of the BSO and current maestro Kirill Karabits blows out the birthday candles for a party that’s almost a family affair what with the Orchestra’s 2014/15 Artist-in-Residence Sunwook Kim making a welcome reappearance after last season’s barn-storming Tchaikovsky.
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