Marathon Concert | The most remarkable of Beethoven's career

Chamayou - Did you know?

Did you know..? In 1808, Beethoven Piano Concerto No 4 received its public premiere in what has been described as the most remarkable concert of the composer’s career…

Remarkably, no fewer than four of Beethoven’s greatest works received their public premieres in an 1808 benefit concert at the Theater an der Wien in Vienna: Beethoven’s Fifth and Sixth Symphonies, the Choral Fantasy and Piano Concerto No 4. Never again would Beethoven appear as a soloist in a piano concerto as a result of his declining hearing.

Despite critics at the time declaring the piano concerto as the “most admirable, artistic and complex Beethoven concerto ever” (Allgemeine musikalische Zeitung 1808), the work was neglected for almost two decades, until it was revived by Felix Mendelssohn.

Mendelssohn's Overture to The Fair Melusine

In our November concert, it’s somewhat apt therefore that Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No 4 follows Mendelssohn’s Overture to The Fair Melusine, a work that portrays the twelve-century old legend of the half-mermaid, Melusine. Listen out for the opening theme, with its delightfully cascading, arpeggiated clarinet motive, representing the gracefulness of Melusine.

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The brilliant French pianist Bertrand Chamayou, recently praised for his technical wizardry and remarkable musicianship demonstrated in his BBC Proms debut, is the soloist in Beethoven Piano Concerto No 4.

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Chamayou plays Beethoven in Edinburgh (22 Nov) and Glasgow (23 Nov) Book Tickets

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Our Glasgow concert is proudly sponsored by Virgin Money.