Bernard Haitink is one of the living legends of classical music; his almost thirty year stint as the principal director of Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra saw their reputation to soar to become the most acclaimed in the world. Now retired from permanent posts, he nevertheless remains an active guest conductor.
Portugal's Maria Joao Pires is a Mozartian like no other, famed for her lack of showboating narcissism. She is spontaneous yet eminently professional, able to create incredible waves of feeling while remaining entirely graceful and controlled. Her recordings of Mozart, Schubert and Chopin are generally considered among the best ever laid down.
Pires will take the lead in Mozart’s blissfully unfurling Piano Concerto No. 23 (1786), one of his finest works in the genre. It will be preceded by Schubert’s C major Overture in the Italian Style (1817), a bouncy piece which draws upon the bel canto operas of Rossini. After an interval, the concert will conclude with the same composer’s Symphony No. 9 (1825). Seldom has a work so deserved its nickname of ‘Great’ – over the course of almost an hour, it maintains exquisite melodic heights as it surges forward to a staggering conclusion.
Seating for this concert has sold out, but £5 Promming tickets will be available on the day.
|What||Prom 57: Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Royal Albert Hall|
|Where||Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AP | MAP|
|Nearest tube||South Kensington (underground)|
On 28 Aug 15, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
|Website||Click here to book via the Royal Albert Hall|