The Florida Orchestra: Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 Broadcast

Conductor Michael Francis and guest pianist Gilles Vonsattel

This week our Thursday Masterwork with The Florida Orchestra features Michael Francis leading the orchestra with works from Rimsky-Korsakov, Beethoven, and Stravinsky. Guest pianist Gilles Vonsattel performs Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3.

The Works

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s “The Golden Cockerel” is a parody of the failures of the Russian Empire in the Russo-Japanese War that features a bumbling Tsar and his attempts to control another country. The Florida Orchestra will play an orchestra suite from what was to be Rimsky-Korsakov’s final opera.[1] 

Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 24 directly inspired Beethoven when crafting his Piano Concerto No. 3.  Notably, this work marks the beginning of Beethoven’s hearing loss. Despite this, Beethoven managed to perform as the soloist on the night of the premiere.[2]  

Stravinsky’s one-act ballet “Pulcinella” is an adaptation of music from the much earlier composer Pergolesi.  The story parodies Italian society of the day with the main character, Pulcinella, presenting a crude and unpleasant attitude. “Pulcinella” continues to be one of Stravinsky’s most renowned works.[3] 

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Sources

[1] Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov “The Golden Cockerel” (Director – Kirill Serebrennikov) – Opera in 3 Acts (Opera) – BolshoiMoscow.com, bolshoimoscow.com/opera/bolshoi_golden_cockerel_serebrennikov/info/sid=GLE_1&play_date_from=01-Jun-2011&play_date_to=30-Jun-2011&playbills=15676.

[2] Elliott, Suzanne. “Beethoven – Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Minor.” Classic FM, 20 Apr. 2012, www.classicfm.com/composers/beethoven/music/piano-concerto-no3-c-minor/.

[3] Stravinsky: “Pulcinella” Suite, lasr.cs.ucla.edu/ficus-members/geoff/prognotes/stravinsky/pulcinella.html.

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