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Live online: Season Finale with Beethoven and Bronfman

Bergen Philharmonic OrchestraLive broadcast from Grieg Hall (Grieghallen), Bergen, Norway
On Friday 27 April 2018 at 19:30 (Oslo time zone)

For his orchestral rollercoaster A Hero’s Life, Richard Strauss cast around for a heroic figure to depict and settled on someone rather close to home – himself. Like Stenhammar’s confident statement of ambition Excelsior!, Ein heldenleben scatters its adversaries with panache. But it concludes with deep reflection, a humbling glimpse of life’s spiritual journey.

In the third of his piano concertos, Beethoven reached for new dramatic tools. His orchestra took in the warmth and colour of added clarinets, trumpets and drums and played mostly in the darkness of a minor key. But eventually, after the vigour and wit of its final movement, Beethoven’s concerto discovers the radiance of C major. Yefim Bronfman joins the orchestra under Sir Andrew Davis for a heroic season finale.

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