Yannick Conducts Beethoven

Yannick Nézet-Séguin - Conductor

Jan Lisiecki - Piano


Strauss - "Tales from the Vienna Woods" Waltz

Beethoven - Piano Concerto No. 4


Beethoven/orch. Mahler - String Quartet No. 11 ("Serioso")

Gruber - Charivari

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

8:00 pm Verizon Hall

Yannick sets the tone for his three-week Vienna Festival with native-born Johann Strauss Jr.'s famous "Tales from the Vienna Woods." There's no more idyllic picture of the city than this, an elegant Viennese waltz.

Then, the journey continues, from the regal, polished, Old-World grandeur of Strauss to the profound and earnest serious offerings of Beethoven, who wrote so prolifically in Vienna. The premiere of his dramatic Fourth Piano Concerto in 1808 was his last public performance. Audience favorite--at barely 20 years old--Jan Lisiecki returns to Verizon Hall to finesse the Concerto's unique character. Mahler's orchestration of Beethoven's "Serioso" String Quartet, which also premiered in Vienna, was quite controversial at the time: How dare anyone muck around with Beethoven? How did Mahler do? Decide for yourself, from the explosive opening to the liberating finale.

The program finishes with a work by the provocative living Viennese composer H.K. Gruber. His Charivari, based on Johann Strauss Jr.'s Perpetuum mobile (literally, "perpetual motion"), is a compelling bookend to the waltz-king's opener.

This concert is sponsored by the Hassel Foundation.

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