Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Carlo Antonioli conductor
Stefan Cassomenos piano
Mairi Nicolson presenter (Melbourne Town Hall only)
Beethoven Coriolan Overture
Mozart Piano Concerto No.23
Beethoven Symphony No.8
About this performance
Experience an evening of pure Mozart and Beethoven bliss with the MSO, much-loved Melbourne pianist Stefan Cassomenos and Cybec Assistant Conductor Carlo Antonioli.
- Mozart’s Piano Concerto No.23 was written only two months before the premiere of his opera The Marriage of Figaro, and the operatic influence on this dramatic and characterful piano concerto is palpable.
- Beethoven’s brief Coriolan Overture was written as incidental music for the play by Heinrich von Collins, after William Shakespeare’s Coriolanus. This overture shows the inner natures of the principal characters, and is the most notable remaining aspect of von Collins’ play.
- In 1812 when he was almost completely deaf, Beethoven composed his Eighth Symphony, which has been described quite brilliantly as one of the ‘shortest, weirdest, and most compelling symphonies of the 19th Century’ (The Guardian). What appears on the surface as light-hearted playfulness is in reality a highly experimental, radical work that challenged the idea of the symphony as a genre.
Duration: approx. 1 hour and 45 minutes including interval