With its military rhythms, unprecedented scale and expressive piano in dialogue with an enthusiastic orchestra, there’s no question as to why Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 earned its “Emperor” nickname. Conductor Jane Glover offers her interpretation of this legendary piece.
Why deny yourself pleasure? Confident and proud of his talent, Mozart composed a symphony that he knew Parisian audiences would love. Grandiose in its effects, bold in its use of clarinet and overflowing with melodic ideas, Symphony No. 31 radiates with the charm and exuberance of youth. And with melodic talent reminiscent of Mozart’s, Chevalier de Saint-George—a composer born to a French nobleman and African slave in Guadeloupe—puts strings at centre stage in his dazzling Symphony No. 1.