Conductor Alondra de la Parra
Soloist Paul Lewis, Piano
Vine V – An Orchestral Fanfare
Beethoven Piano Concerto No.4 in G
Prokofiev Symphony No.5 in B flat
What do you call a piece that only runs five minutes? Australian composer Carl Vine decided a short work deserved a short title and called it simply V (for the Roman numeral!).
‘I wanted to sing of the free, happy man, his mighty power, his chivalry and purity of spirit,’ said Prokofiev about his searching Fifth Symphony which overflows with persuasive charm. Yet it’s also witty, edgy and contrarian, with exquisite melodies. Melting emotion lies at the heart of Beethoven’s Concerto. Far from the feisty keyboard style for which the composer was famed, this subdued work requires finesse and grace. Its gentle triumph broke new ground, which could explain its cool reception. Performed twice in the composer’s lifetime, it garnered extensive acclaim when championed by Mendelssohn in 1836.
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