Joana Carneiro conductor
Benjamin Grosvenor piano
Mozart Symphony No 32
Chopin Piano Concerto No 2
Beethoven Symphony No 6 ‘Pastoral’
With its chirruping birdsong, its babbling brook and the cataclysmic drama of its all-consuming thunderstorm, Beethoven’s ‘Pastoral’ Symphony is a hymn of wonder and gratitude to the natural world – and all the more powerful in the face of today’s environmental concerns.
Dazzling Portuguese-born conductor Joana Carneiro makes a welcome return for Beethoven’s moving tribute to the joys of nature. Beforehand, brilliant British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor makes the second of his two visits this spring for Chopin’s deeply poetic, thrillingly dramatic Second Piano Concerto, considered by many to be one of the composer’s most beautiful creations.
Carneiro opens the concert with Mozart’s merry, miniature Symphony No 32, which compresses all the emotion and reflection of a longer symphony into barely ten minutes.