JANÁČEK | Suite for Strings
CHERUBINI | Symphony in D major
BEETHOVEN | Piano Concerto No. 5, Emperor
RUN TIME: 1 HR 45 MINUTES
John O’Conor’s gift for Beethoven never disappoints. Loved by our orchestra and audience alike, O’Conor is a statesman and musical icon.
Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5, Emperor is gargantuan, so named for its grandeur and highly sophisticated form. This is Beethoven at his most intense, personal, and sublime. So much so that in this capacity we are treating it as the main course or the steak, putting it in the second half, more like a symphony, with Janáček and Cherubini as appetizers and a salad.
Czech composer Leoš Janáček’s Suite for Strings (1877) was inspired by his friendship with Dvořák. A work in six movements, it joins a growing list of forgotten yet brilliant string compositions performed by the WCO in recent years.
Luigi Cherubini’s Symphony in D was commissioned by the London Philharmonic Society in 1815. A composer mainly of operas, he was well respected in Paris and other world capitals and was in the employment of Napoleon while in Vienna. Cherubini’s symphonic literature reveals much more about this often overlooked composer.