The most energetic of Beethoven’s nine symphonies, the Seventh was described by Wagner as “the apotheosis of the dance”. From its assertive and compelling opening to the revelries of the final movement, the Seventh bubbles with vitality and passion. Even the “slow movement” is not particularly slow. Immensely popular in Beethoven’s day, it was used to tremendous effect more recently in the wartime speech scene in the award-winning film The King’s Speech.
Mozart’s Piano Concerto No 21 is also renowned for its slow movement, which became hugely popular as the soundtrack to the 1960s Swedish film Elvira Madigan. The concert opens with Baroque Song, a work by contemporary French organist and composer, Thierry Escaich. Maestro Giordano Bellincampi, no stranger to the TSO and Tasmanian audiences, conducts this exhilarating c