PASTORAL

Hamish McKeich Conductor
Diedre Irons Piano

Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat Major, Op. 73 Emperor
Beethoven Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op. 68 Pastoral

Beethoven’s Sixth Symphony is a musical flowering of Beethoven’s love of nature. As Beethoven said: “No one can love the country as much as I do. For surely woods, trees, and rocks produce the echo which man desires to hear.” As such, Beethoven follows a well-established tradition of pastoral or nature-inspired program music – that is, music written to act out or musically depict a certain programme, or non-musical story or scenario.

Diedre Irons joins the Orchestra as soloist for Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto. Awarded an MBE and an ONZM for her outstanding contributions to music as both a stunning performer and dedicated educator, her formidable talent and musicality will bring out every nuance of Beethoven’s Emperor Piano Concerto in this live performance. 

Opening with virtuosic runs in the piano, contrasted with a gentle second movement before the vigorous, dance like third movement, Beethoven’s, last and best-loved Piano Concerto truly deserves the grand title of Emperor.

Learn about what motivated Beethoven as he wrote these two great works with NZSO programme notes. You can read these online or download and print to bring along.

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