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Mario Galeani performs Beethoven
Thursday 7 November 2013 7.30pm
Cadogan Hall, London
CONDUCTOR - Alan Buribayev
Piano - Mario Galeani

HUMPERDINCK Hansel and Gretel Overture

BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No.3

TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No.6, 'Pathétique'

A programme encompassing delicious refinement and great passion, opening with the Overture to German composer Humperdinck’s ‘fairy tale opera’, Hansel and Gretel. The work was first conducted by Richard Strauss, and Humperdinck’s Overture exudes a Straussian romance and wit, full of charming melodies and rich orchestration. Pianist Mario Galeani performs Beethoven’s majestic Third Piano Concerto, with its dramatic first movement, a deeply beautiful Largo, and the famous Rondo. While composing his extraordinary Sixth Symphony, Tchaikovsky wrote to his brother, declaring: ‘It seems that the best of all my works is coming forth from me.’ Many would agree: the 'Pathétique' represents some of the most intensely personal and powerful of all Tchaikovsky’s music.

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