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Beethoven & Prokofiev’s Fourths

Beethoven's deeply affecting Fourth Piano Concerto is paired with the expansive grandeur of Prokofiev's Fourth Symphony.

  • Composer


  • Conductor

    Andrew Litton

  • Soloists

    Steven Osborne: Piano

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Event Details


05 October 2018 19:45


Ulster Hall - Belfast

Steven Osborne Piano

Rossini Overture: William Tell
Beethoven Piano Concerto No.4
Prokoviev Symphony No.4

Quite astonishingly, not only did Beethoven conduct and perform the solo piano part at the première of his Fourth Piano Concerto, in the same concert he also conducted the premières of his Fifth and Sixth Symphonies! This concert does not require the same feat of endurance, but instead pairs this deeply affecting concerto with the expansive grandeur of Prokofiev’s Fourth Symphony.

The keynote of this concerto could be said to be 'seeking serenity', starting – unusually for a concerto – with the soloist quietly introducing the first movement. The mood throughout is reflective, intimate and quietly confident, wearing its innovative approach lightly and the overall effect is utterly radiant. Our soloist is Steven Osborne, one of the world’s leading interpreters of Beethoven and for whom the Fourth Piano Concerto has an ambiguity akin to the smile of the Mona Lisa.

Prokofiev’s Fourth Symphony shares musical roots with his final ballet for Diaghilev, The Prodigal Son, with the symphony developing and reworking themes and unused material from the ballet. The music is lyrical, full of bittersweet melody and rhythms that demonstrate the importance of dance in the composer’s career.

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