Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Fateful Fourth

Among his most popular works, the Fourth Symphony is a meticulously structured meditation on Fate in four movements written at a time of great emotional turmoil. As Tchaikovsky admitted it is autobiographical; turbulent but finally triumphant; reflecting his recent tribulations as well as his eventual recovery. The principal idea of the work is the implacability of Fate, a force that “poisons the soul” by impeding the individual’s quest for peace and fulfilment.

In a glorious burst of activity, Mozart composed twelve superlative piano concertos from February 1784 to December 1786. They were deeper in feeling, broader in scope and richer in colour than any he had written before. No.21 is built on a fully symphonic scale, with an orchestral backing that matches the solo part for interest and variety. Mozart balances forcefulness, elegance and wit with perfect ease. The dreamlike andante is based on the simplest of materials; its effect, nevertheless, is magical whilst the concluding rondo echoes with the laughter of comic opera. The much earlier Symphony No.26 is scattered with dramatic touches reminiscent of the ‘Sturm und Drang’ symphonies of Haydn.

Returning to the intimate setting of Bristol’s Victoria Rooms for the fourth concert of their season, Fateful Fourth guarantees Russian drama and rich Classical colour.

Mozart Symphony No.26
Mozart  Piano Concerto No.21 K.467
Tchaikovsky Symphony No.4

Kees Bakels Conductor
Ronald Brautigam Piano

This concert takes place at the Victoria Rooms, 88 Queen’s Road, Bristol BS8 1SA

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