Christmas Concert

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BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58
BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125

MihályBerecz  piano
Hungarian Radio Choir
Conductor: András Keller

Ludwig van Beethoven’s fourth piano concerto and last symphony: Concerto Budapest close 2021 at their traditional pre-Christmas concert with this large-scale and noteworthy programme. The young Mihály Berecz, who at the Liszt Academy Beethoven Day last year commemorating the composer performed the Concerto in C minor, and at the orchestra’s most recent season opening concert the Piano Concerto in B-flat major in the company of András Keller and ensemble, this time takes on the solo in the Concerto in G major. ‘Finale Freude schöner Götterfunke.’ Beethoven noted this daring idea to himself in autumn 1822, which then led to the birth of one of the most renowned symphonic movements in classical music and at the same time the iconic melody of European culture. The Schiller poem, Ode to Joy, sounds in the finale of the Ninth; it had attracted the composer’s interest decades earlier, but even having outlined the general concept he still put down multiple drafts on sheet music, then rejected them. Finally, he notated the theme he was satisfied with and scribbled down the words (heartily agreed with by posterity): ‘Yes, that is it, hah, joy discovered.’

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