Grieg Piano Concerto with Alexandra Dariescu
Sibelius, Valse Triste
Grieg, Piano Concerto
Beethoven, Symphony No.6
Piano: Alexandra Dariescu
Conductor: Jason Thornton
Desperate to escape the stifling city, Beethoven found inspiration in the fields, woods, babbling brook, bird-song and folk-singing of the local countryside surrounding Vienna. Grieg sought his inspiration in the fiords, forests, mountains and folk-songs of Norway. Both composers produced works of profound lyricism that have become loved by audiences and musicians alike.
Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony is perhaps the very first piece of unashamedly literal programmatic music including a thunderstorm, a babbling brook and a peasant’s party. Grieg’s Piano Concerto is packed full of Norwegian folk-songs and probably the most famous opening of any piano concerto, made notorious by Eric Morecambe, Ernie Wise and Andre Previn in the 1970s.
Romanian pianist Alexandra Dariescu, recently named as ‘one of 30 pianists under 30 destined for a spectacular career’ (International Piano Magazine), dazzles audiences worldwide with her effortless musicality and captivating stage presence.