LÜ & Brett Dean

LÜ & Brett Dean


2020-02-28 Fri 19:30National Concert Hall400 700 1000 1200 1500Buy
Shao-Chia Lü, conductor
Brett Dean, viola

Ludwig van Beethoven: Coriolan Overture, Op.62
Brett Dean: Viola Concerto
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No.7 in A major, Op.92

Building upon the musical styles of his predecessors, Beethoven brought an intrinsic romantic spirit to his compositions. His Seventh Symphony opens with a Haydnstyle introduction and contains lines as glamorous as Mozart’s, and strides forth in an ascending Dionysian blaze. Wagner called it the “apotheosis of the dance”, a delightful piece in music history. In Coriolan, a tragedy that portrays the hero’s inner struggle between familial duty and honor through vengeance, Beethoven delineates impressive musical ideas corresponding to the narrative, exquisitely depicting the protagonist’s struggles. As an apt violist and composer, Dean has always imbued his compositions with such imagination that he has become the foremost composer of the southern hemisphere. His Viola Concerto, built on an unconventional structure, demonstrates stunning creativity in techniques for its solo and orchestration which have made it an unforgettable piece. In the year of Beethoven’s 250th anniversary, the NSO will present his signature works alongside the showpiece of a contemporary composer, symbolizing the passing of the torch. Join us! Witness the passing on of a legacy!