Breaking up with Bonaparte
Beethoven threw away the rule book when he composed his Symphony No 3. Originally intended as a tribute to Napoleon Bonaparte, the symphony was subsequently given the appellation “Eroica” (i.e. heroic) when Beethoven, disgusted by Napoleon’s imperial ambitions, tore up the dedication sheet. One could hardly look for a more powerful example of the intersection between music and politics and the assertive position taken by a creative individual. The Eroica is passionate, raw and forceful.
Boris Giltburg, winner of the prestigious Queen Elisabeth Competition in 2013, makes his TSO debut as soloist in Mozart’s sublime Piano Concerto No 23, a work that traverses a whole universe of human emotions within its three captivating movements. Conductor Rory Macdonald, who is in demand throughout the world, also makes his first appearance with the TSO in this concert. He opens the program with the award-winning Habits of Creatures by Australian composer James Ledger.