Diego Matheuz recreates Beethoven’s epic 1808 concert in Australia

This month Venezuelan conductor Diego Matheuz takes his first trip of the year ‘down under’, where he makes his debut with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra in Perth and also returns to the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra where he holds the position of Principal Guest Conductor.
Diego’s programme in Perth features Rachmaninov’s Symphony No 2 as part of their aptly titled ‘Ravishing Rachmaninov’ series, with concerts on 16, 17 and 18 April 2015.
The following week Diego travels to Melbourne, where, on the eve of the 100th anniversary of Gallipoli, he will conduct two concerts (23 and 24 April). The programme includes Beethoven’s music to Goethe’s Egmont, a score that positively crackles with the play’s rich themes of love and heroic defiance, and the composer’s Ninth Symphony, with its message of brotherhood and unity, featuring soloists Susan Gritton and Teddy Tahu Rhodes.
Susan Gritton returns the following week, alongside pianist Saleem Ashkar for an epic re-enactment of Beethoven’s 1808 Concert. In December 1808, Beethoven – acting as promoter, conductor and concert pianist – staged a remarkable concert in Vienna’s Theater an der Wien which premiered several of the most influential works in music history. Works will be performed in the original order of the 1808 Concert:
2 May 2015
Symphony No.6 Pastoral
Ah! perfido
Mass in C: Gloria
Piano Concerto No.4
Symphony No.5
Mass in C: Sanctus and Benedictus
Fantasia for Piano
Choral Fantasy
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