In his Third Piano Concerto Beethoven opened up a new dramatic and physical scope, pushing the instrument to new expressive lengths. The same maverick energy pulses through the ‘Choral Fantasy’, anticipating the Ninth Symphony in its unexpected resort to words in its finale.
In Schoenberg’s tour de force Friede auf Erden (‘Peace on Earth’) the composer takes tonality to its limits.
Stravinsky’s ‘Dumbarton Oaks’ Concerto is a delightful neo-Classical romp, an elegant homage to the 18th century.
Concerto in E flat major, ‘Dumbarton Oaks’ 16’
Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor 36’
Friede auf Erden* 10’
Fantasia in C minor for piano, chorus and orchestra, ‘Choral Fantasy’ 20’
Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Leif Ove Andsnes piano/director
David Hill conductor