From the New World

Grieg’s fabulous Piano Concerto

Our next Firebird concert From the New World will be in Oxford.  Join us to explore the magical landscape of Norway and the music of Edward Grieg…

The centre piece of this 13 March concert features Grieg’s much-loved Piano Concerto which will be performed by Marc Corbett-Weaver. But what is it about Grieg’s music which so richly evokes a beautiful landscape of fjords and mountains?

Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg premiered his Piano Concerto in 1869 with himself as soloist. It is considered to be one of the great works of the Romantic period richly evoking a beautiful landscape of the composer’s homeland’s fjords and mountains.

These associations of music, landscape and nature are central to Grieg’s Norwegian identity and place him on a similar international stage as Sibelius in Finland and Dvořák in Bohemia.

From the New World
Sunday 13 March 2022, 6pm
St John the Evangelist Church, Iffley Rd, Oxford OX4 1EH

Arvo Pärt Cantus in Memoriam Benjamin Britten
Grieg Piano Concerto in A minor
Dvořák  Symphony No. 9 in E minor ‘From the New World’

Marc Corbett-Weaver will perform Grieg’s magnificent work with conductor Michael Thrift as the highlight of the next Firebird concert in Oxford.

The 1970 sugary biopic Song of Norway featuring Edvard Grieg’s early life was not a commercial success. However, it raised the awareness of the fabulous music of this previously neglected composer outside his native Norway. As a result, his Piano Concertois now one of the most often performed concertos in the classical repertoire. 

This concert is generously sponsored by the Morris-Venables Charitable Foundation