Haydn, Beethoven & Brahms


Friday 3 & Saturday 4 June 2022, 7.30pm

Perth Concert Hall

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Haydn, Beethoven & Brahms

Johannes BRAHMS Variations on a Theme by Haydn (19 mins)

Joseph HAYDN Sinfonia concertante (22 mins)

Allegro con spirito

Interval (25 mins)

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN Leonore – Overture No.3 (13 mins)

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN Symphony No.8 (27 mins)

Allegro vivace con brio
Allegretto scherzando
Tempo di minuetto
Allegro vivace

Asher Fisch conductor
Liz Chee
Jane Kircher-Lindner
Semra Lee-Smith
Eve Silver

Asher Fisch appears courtesy of Wesfarmers Arts.

Wesfarmers Arts Pre-concert Talk
Find out more about the music in the concert with this week’s speaker, Rosalind Appleby The Pre-concert Talk will take place at 6.45pm in the Terrace Level Foyer.

Listen to WASO
This performance is recorded for broadcast on ABC Classic. For further details visit abc.net.au/classic

Did you know?

Brahms' Variations on a Theme by Haydn is scored in two versions; one for orchestra and one for two pianos.

Haydn's Sinfonia concertante is believed to be a response to similar works composed by Ignaz Pleyel. Pleyel was a former student of Haydn's whom London newspapers were promoting as a 'rival' to Haydn.

Leonore Overture No.3 is the distillation of the opera, Fidelio, into a musical idea.

Beethoven's Eighth Symphony is often referred to as "Haydnesque" because it focuses on specific musical questions, rather than pre-existing models or forms, much like Haydn's works.

Beethoven led the premiere of his Eighth Symphony, despite growing increasingly deaf at the time. Reportedly, "the orchestra largely ignored his ungainly gestures and followed the Principal Violinist instead"!

Beethoven was an artist that was able to separate his day-to-day life from his music. His Eighth Symphony was written at the same time he wrote the most infamous letter of his life to his "Immortal Beloved"; a letter full of heartbreak and pain. The symphony however is ebullient and full of energy - a drastic departure from Beethoven's personal life at the time!

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