Concert Saturday 16th November 2013 at 19:45

Langley Park Centre for the Performing Arts, South Eden Park Road, Beckenham BR3 3BP
Benjamin Britten

Mathieu Van Bellen. Picture: Ton Stanowicki

BSO Programme Nov 2013Wagner Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Overture (Prelude to Act 1) Speaker symbol

Britten Violin Concerto Speaker symbol
Soloist 
Mathieu van Bellen

Wagner Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Act 3 Prelude Speaker symbol

Beethoven Symphony No. 7 Speaker symbol

Beethoven described his seventh symphony as ‘one of my best’, a view shared by audiences who demanded an encore of the second movement on its début performance. Wagner famously described it as ‘the apotheosis of the dance.’ Young Dutch virtuoso Mathieu van Bellen assists us to mark the centenary of the birth of Benjamin Britten with a performance of his violin concerto, which was inspired by Beethoven’s. Here economy of material is illuminated by virtuosic violin writing and scintillating use of orchestral tone colour. The brilliant overture to Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg delivers the complete opera in miniature; all the main themes are there. We add the atmospheric prelude to Act 3 to launch a season celebrating the 200th anniversary of Wagner’s birth.