SUNDAY 4 MARCH 2018 3pm


STEPHEN HOUGH*
Piano

 

SYMPHONY NO. 31 (Paris)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

PIANO CONCERTO NO. 2*
Ludwig van Beethoven

SYMPHONY NO. 5
Jean Sibelius

 

BARRY WORDSWORTH
Conductor

We are especially pleased to welcome Barry Wordsworth back for our March concert as many will remember him as our regular RTWSO conductor. The programme opens with Mozart’s Symphony No. 31, also known as the ‘Paris’ symphony because it was composed during a visit to that city. It is a brilliantly constructed and supremely confident work which seldom fails to delight concert audiences. Our concerto soloist is pianist Stephen Hough, also making another very welcome return to Tunbridge Wells, in Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 2. This is an early work which Beethoven wrote to promote himself as a soloist. Though less often performed than his later concertos it contains much charm and good humour and offers glimpses of the revolutionary composer that he was to become. Sibelius’s Symphony No. 5 is one of the composer’s most profound and original achievements ending with what the conductor Leonard Bernstein described as the ‘greatest finale of all time’.