Friday, March 5, 2021

Double The Beethoven, Double The Pleasure At Jones Hall

It is that time once again when the fetching Sheralyn and I are blessed to go to one of our homes away from home, Jones Hall in downtown Houston, to hear our world class Houston Symphony Orchestra. With the Covid restrictions still with us, we will be part of a small number [hundreds] of patrons allowed in Jones Hall with masks on at all times. We will be going two days ahead of our 39th wedding anniversary, so this will be like an early anniversary present for both of us on Saturday night on March 6, 2021. What a night it will be as this concert features two of my favorite pieces from my favorite composer, Ludwig van Beethoven: his Piano concerto #3 and his amazing Pastoral Symphony #6.

This from the Houston Symphony's web site: "Fabien Gabel leads Beethoven’s beloved symphonic ode to nature and country life, the Pastoral Symphony No. 6. The Symphony welcomes back the extraordinary Yefim Bronfman for Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3, which opens with powerful virtuosity and stormy intensity, then gives way to lyrical beauty and sunny high spirits. The concerts begin with award-winning composer Stella Sung’s Fanfare for Brass Ensemble."

Beethoven composed five piano concertos with his third piano concerto being my third favorite of them. His fifth and first are just above this being my favorite. Of course, I love all five of his concertos and would be excited to hear any of them. Beethoven scored piano concerto #3 in C-minor with the usual 3 movements for a concerto: 1. Allegro con brio, 2. Largo, and 3. Rondo-Allegro. 

Beethoven composed nine symphonies with his sixth being my third favorite of them all; my favorite being his masterpiece choral symphony #9 and my second favorite being his stirring beloved, Symphony #5. This symphony is called "Pastoral" as this is one of Beethoven's few "program" pieces with each movement of the symphony a description of nature. Beethoven scored symphony #6 in F-Major with 5 program movements: 1. Awakening of cheerful feelings upon arriving in the countryside [Allegro ma non troppo], 2. Scene by the brook [Andante], 3. Merry gathering of people in the country [allegro], 4. Thunderstorm [Allegro], and 5. Shepherd's song, being thankful when storm ends [Allegretto]. The finale is filled with beautiful relaxing melodies and will put a smile on most concert goers faces upon hearing. Unlike most Beethoven symphonies and pieces that end in a stirring exciting climax, this symphony ends quietly but satisfyingly. 

As usual, whenever Sheralyn and I go to a concert at Jones Hall I like to give you much of what we will be hearing on Saturday night.  So, please turn up the volume and play in full screen and enjoy some wonderful music from the great Ludwig Van Beethoven.

L.V Beethoven: Piano Concerto #3 in C-minor:

L.V. Beethoven: Symphony #6 in F-Major, "Pastoral":  



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