Beethoven treat to open sea­son

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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

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