Recognised around the world as one of the leading orchestras on the concert circuit, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra is a regular visitor to Luxembourg.
Semyon Bychkov conducts the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra at the Philharmonie for a concert featuring Ludwig van Beethoven’s piano concerto no.5 (“The Emperor”) and Richard Strauss’s “Ein Heldenleben” (a hero’s life). Nelson Freire is the piano soloist for the Beethoven piece.
Andrew Clements in The Guardian once wrote: “few pianists alive convey the sheer joy and exhilaration of being masters of their craft more vividly and uncomplicatedly than Nelson Freire.” Described as “grand and almost symphonic in scale”, Beethoven’s fifth piano concerto was premiered by Friedrich Schneider because the composer was already profoundly deaf at the time.
Interestingly, Strauss’s “Ein Heldenleben”, It thought to be largely autobiographical in approach, the tone poem started life as an attempt by the composer to write a heroic work in the mould of Beethoven’s “Eroica” symphony.