Fateful Fourth

Thu 21 February 2019



 Marta Gardonlińska conductor
Ronald Brautigam

Among his most popular works, the Fourth Symphony is a meticulously structured meditation on Fate written at a time of great emotional turmoil. As Tchaikovsky admitted, it is autobiographical; turbulent but finally triumphant. The principal idea of the work is the implacability of Fate, a force that “poisons the soul” by impeding the individual’s quest for peace and fulfilment. In a glorious burst of activity, Mozart composed twelve superlative piano concertos from February 1784 to December 1786. They were deeper in feeling, broader in scope and richer in colour than any he had written before.

No.21 is built on a fully symphonic scale, with an orchestral backing that matches the solo part for interest and variety. Mozart balances forcefulness, elegance and wit with perfect ease. The dreamlike andante is based on the simplest of materials; its effect, nevertheless, is magical whilst the concluding rondo echoes with the laughter of comic opera. The much earlier Symphony No.26 is nevertheless scattered with dramatic touches reminiscent of the ‘Sturm und Drang’ symphonies of Haydn.


Mozart  Symphony No.26
Mozart  Piano Concerto No.21 K.467
Tchaikovsky  Symphony No.4


Event Info


A £40 B £34 C £26 D £22 E £16

The following concessions are available from the box office (telephone and in person only):

Under 18s “Kids for a Quid”: £1 tickets, subject to availability.

Full-time Students: 50% discount, or  £5 Student Standby tickets available from the on-site box office in the Great Hall foyer an hour before the concert

Job Seekers, Income Support Benefit, Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), Wheelchair Users, Personal Assistants: 50% discount

Groups 10+ 10% discount
Groups 20+ 20% discount
Groups 30+ 30% discount

MULTIBUY discounts are available if you buy 4 concerts or more

Running Time

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Supplementary Event

BSO Bandwagon: Fateful Fourth, Newton Abbot - Topsham Route

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