BSO – Pastoral Beethoven

Thursday 6 February 2020



MOZART Don Giovanni Overture
BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No.4
BEETHOVEN Symphony No.6 ‘Pastoral’

Marta Gardolińska – conductor
Alfredo Ovalles – piano

The main musical manifestation of Beethoven’s love of nature is his Sixth Symphony. It is his most direct symphonic example of programme music. The leisurely opening Awakening of Cheerful Feeling upon Arriving in the Country is followed by a Scene by the Brook which unfolds with aptly flowing grace, accompanied by the birdsong of a nightingale, quail and cuckoo. The Merry Assembly of Country Folk have their dancing interrupted by a violent thunderstorm, but soon the opening mood of serenity is restored by the final, uplifting Shepherds’ Song of Thanksgiving.

Beethoven’s unorthodox Fourth Piano Concerto, opening with the unaccompanied soloist, is a thrilling dialogue between piano and orchestra which sees the argument eventually being won by the piano before hurling headlong into the joyful, boisterous finale. It once and for all shakes itself loose from the constraints of the 18th century. Virtuosity no longer concerns Beethoven at all; his artistic aim here is the expression of deeply poetic and introspective thoughts.

The overture to Don Giovanni provides more than a hint of the drama to follow with its ominous opening before the music hurries off with the exuberance, vitality and virility of the Don himself.


Event Info


£42 – £17

Concessions available (please call Box Office to book):

 group discount offer

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

Series discounts of up to 40% are still available for booking 4 or more concerts:

11 – 12 concerts 40% off
9 – 10 concerts 30% off
5 – 8 concerts 20% off
4 concerts 10% off

Series discounts will be applied automatically to your basket when booking online.

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