Grieg Holberg Suite
Bach Concerto in F-major for Oboe
Beethoven Concerto in C-major for Piano
The Vienna concert pays tribute to the composers who gained the worlds attention after being recognised in the well know music capital. Beethoven was in his prime when he entered the impressive list of composers who lived in Vienna such as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Franz Schubert and Johannes Brahms.
The program opens with Norwegian composer Grieg’s fantastical work, the Holberg Suite. Composed to mark the 200th anniversary of Norwegian writer Ludvig Holberg’s birth. Since Holberg was a contemporary of Bach and Handel, Grieg chose to compose his tribute in the form of a French Baroque period suite. He cast six movements in the musical forms of the 18th century, and filled them with the spirit of his own time and style. Grieg’s goal was to create a “Nordic style” based on the tonal language of Norwegian peasant folk songs, dances and folklore.
Pianist Severin von Eckardstein has wowed the world with his performances of the Russian Composers. However, this time he promises to deliver an astounding performance of a work by his fellow German, Ludvig van Beethoven. The Beethoven Piano Concerto No.1 is in many ways the highlight of the series. Don’t let the soft notes in the beginning fool you -This is Beethoven in his true element - he is grand, exuberant, at times overwhelming and at times gentle and whispering in your ear. Through this compositional journey this evening will leave you mesmerised.