Beethoven treat to open season
Queensland Symphony Orchestra opens the 2013 season with pianist Anton Kuerti performing Beethoven’s Emperor piano concerto at Queensland Performing Arts Centre’s Concert Hall. ‘‘The choice of concerto was made once I realised the great Beethoven interpreter Anton Kuerti was available,’’ says QSO programmer Richard Wenn. ‘‘The grand Viennese tradition he brings will make this a stunning opening concert with Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto, a work to celebrate any new season.’’ Kuerti, who was born in Austria, has lived in Canada for most of his life. His repertoire includes more than 50 concertos, including one he composed himself. The QSO will also perform Bruckner’s Symphony No. 4 Romantic, led by chief conductor Johannes Fritzsch. ‘‘The Bruckner continues Johannes’s cycle of symphonies by this great Austrian composer,’’ says Mr Wenn. ‘‘We have performed numbers three, five, seven and eight in recent years so the fourth was long overdue and is one of the most popular symphonies from the late 19th century. The work conjures up a romantic scene with haunting horns, mountains, old castles and much more depending on your imagination. The structure of this Bruckner symphony is very classical but with Romantic clothing. It feels familiar to all those who love Schubert and Beethoven but looks forward to Mahler and Wagner. This symphony always makes a great impression.’’
The Queensland Symphony Orchestra and Anton Kuerti play QPAC’s Concert Hall on Saturday, February 16.
Pianist Anton Kuerti