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Beethoven Festival: Piano Concerto No 5

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This final concert of the Beethoven Festival presents Beethoven's mighty Emperor Concerto. The program begins at the very end of Haydn's symphonic output, with No 104, London. A fusion of the Second Viennese School and present day, Julian Yu's dazzling orchestration of Alban Berg's Piano Sonata completes this rich program.

Beethoven's five Piano Concertos, as with his nine Symphonies, represent classical music's greatest monuments. Given their formidable technical requirements, the concertos are rarely performed as a series, but English virtuoso Paul Lewis will tackle the challenge in this series of four unforgettable concerts. Scottish maestro Douglas Boyd, who directed a Beethoven symphony cycle with the MSO in 2011, makes a welcome return.

The four concerts put Beethoven in perspective with other composers, looking to music of earlier and later ages. The festival features three of Haydn's last symphonies as well as works from 20th-century composers of the Second Viennese School, Schoenberg, Berg and Webern.

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