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Beethoven @ 250: Symphony No. 4 at the Marketplace


On Your Doorstep returns to the Marketplace Theatre

  • Composer 1

    Beethoven

  • Composer 2

    Nielsen

  • Composer 3

    Rooney, Amy

  • Conductor

    Moritz Gnann

  • Soloists

    Mark Simpson - Clarinet

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Event Details

Dates

26 March 2020 20:00

Venue

The Marketplace Theatre - Armagh


Beethoven - Overture: Egmont
Nielsen - Clarinet Concerto
Amy Rooney - IX
Beethoven - Symphony No. 4

Nielsen's Clarinet Concerto is a sparky, stormy work, with snare drum rolls challenging and goading the soloist to ever-greater heights of virtuosity. Clarinettist Mark Simpson shot to fame when he won BBC Young Musician of the Year in 2006 playing the Nielsen Concerto, and it is a work that he still plays with a deep personal attachment.

Alongside this we showcase a new work by up-and-coming Northern Irish composer Amy Rooney and, marking his 250th birthday year, the concert opens and closes with Beethoven. The Overture to Egmont is quintessential Beethoven, with its stately opening that builds to a thrilling, powerful finale. Symphony No. 4 was famously described by Schumann as 'a slender Grecian maiden between two Nordic giants [the Third and Fifth Symphonies]' and is energetic and sunny, with a slow movement so lovely that Berlioz believed it had been written by the Archangel Michael and not a human at all! 

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