It’s an extinct volcano in New Zealand… It’s a group of islands in the Indian Ocean… It’s a magnificent palace in Brussels… But on 27 September Beethoven’s monumental Egmont Overture sets the scene for the next concert of European Classics…

Composed during the Napoleonic wars, Beethoven’s heroic 1810 Egmont Overture originally opened Goethe’s play telling the wife and heroism of the 16th century noblemen, Lamoral – Count of Egmont. This powerful and expressive overture was to become the unofficial anthem of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution.

Following in the footsteps of Beethoven is the celebrated young pianist George Harlino with a performance of his 3rd piano concerto. Beethoven premiered this work in 1803 with himself at the piano with a dedication to Prince Louis Ferdinand of Prussia:

The concert concludes with one of Mozart’s most famous works – his 40th Symphony. Composed in 1788, this is unquestionably one of Mozart’s most greatly admired works. It is said that one of the reasons for its success is that this work reflects Mozart’s interest in the artistic movement known as Sturm und Drang (Storm and Stress), in which darker and stronger emotions were showcased.

European Classics: Egmont

Tuesday 27 September 7.30pm 
St George’s Hanover Square, London

Beethoven Overture to Egmont, Op. 84
Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3 in C major, Op. 37
Mozart Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K. 550

Conductor Michael Thrift
Piano George Harliono