Schubert, Beethoven & Bizet
As a pendant to the concert featuring last works, Le Concert Olympique opts for some of the earliest works by famous composers. The focus is on Ludwig van Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 2, which he composed at the age of 18 in his birthplace Bonn and played several times to great acclaim.
Afterwards, Beethoven made some alterations to this composition, but it has continued to exude an aura of youthful enthusiasm. The soloist is American pianist Claire Huangci, who won the Géza Anda Piano Competition in 2018 and is considered to be one of the most promising pianists of the young generation.
Franz Schubert wrote his Symphony No. 3 when he was 22 years old. It is characterised by a certain degree of tempestuousness, even though we are also charmed by Schubert’s typical lyricism.
The fact that Georges Bizet was brimming with talent is demonstrated by his Symphony in C which he composed at the age of 17 and which is characterised by a wealth of spontaneous and attractive motifs. This symphony also illustrates how much the French composers from the mid-19th century were indebted to Beethoven.
- Franz Schubert, Symphony No. 3 in D, D 200
- Ludwig van Beethoven, Piano concerto No. 2 in B, op. 19
- Georges Bizet, Symphony No. 1 in C
“It is my intention to make music that stays in one’s memory. Not just because I have quick fingers, but because it is so moving.” (Claire Huangci)
with Claire Huangci (piano) conductor Jan Caeyers photo Marco Borggreve