BEETHOVEN, WAGNER & LISZT
Penrith Symphony Orchestra
Beethoven Piano Concerto No 4
Wagner Prelude to Tristan and Isolde
Wagner Ride of the Valkyries
Liszt Les Preludes
Stephanie McCallum joins PSO as soloist in Beethoven’s majestic fourth piano concerto, alongside the epic grandeur of Wagner and Liszt.
The concerto was the last Beethoven wrote for himself, with the public premiere of the work also his final public appearance as soloist. It is appropriate then that the work possesses an intimacy and sensitivity above and beyond the usual showpiece concerto style of the day.
Les Preludes was new and novel when it premiered in 1854, breaking new ground in form and compositional conception. Liszt’s most popular orchestral work was also the first to be given the subtitle “Symphonic Poem,” a pioneer of a subsequently rich and much exploited genre.
Cast & Creatives
Paul Terracini / Conductor
Stephanie McCallum / Piano