Sunday, January 15, 2017

An Emperor Comes To Jones Hall

Well, I guess I have to set the DVR for the Texans second round playoff game against the New England Patriots Saturday night as the fetching Mrs. B and I will be in Houston's Jones Hall at that time to hear our world class Houston Symphony Orchestra with guest conductor James Gaffigan. 

This is one concert I do not want to miss as it features my favorite piano concerto and one of the greatest in the repertoire, Beethoven's Piano Concerto #5, known as "The Emperor". 

From the Houston Symphony Orchestra website:  "Hailed by the Telegraph as “a gift from God” after his 2010 win at the London International Piano Competition, Behzod Abduraimov makes his Houston Symphony debut with Beethoven’s majestic Piano Concerto No. 5, Emperor. In-demand American conductor and Houston favorite James Gaffigan also conducts Strauss’ swashbuckling Don Juan and Liszt’s poetic Les Préludes."

This, Beethoven's last piano concerto, was composed between 1809-11 and scored in Eb Major.  While many of Beethoven's early works could be labeled as Classical Era pieces, this piece definitely moved into the Romantic Era label. It is truly a majestic Romantic piano concerto.  It has the usual 3 movements in a concerto: 1.Allegro; 2.Adagio un poco motto; and 3. Rondo, Allegro ma non troppo. 

Please turn up the volume, put in full screen and enjoy Beethoven's Emperor.

L.Van Beethoven: Piano Concerto #5 in Eb Major:

Oh, by the way, Go Texans!  

Update:  Bravo to the Houston Symphony and guest conductor, Maestro James Gaffigan who led the symphony in a great program.  He was great and so was virtuoso pianist Behzod Abduraimov as soloist in Beethoven's Emperor concerto.  The fans gave him many standing ovations and he played spectacular in his encore piece, Franz Liszt's Etude de Paganini, "La Campanella". 

My wife and I really enjoyed this program.  Thank you, Houston Symphony

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