Thursday 31 May 2018

Beethoven's Piano Concerto no. 3 arranged for Piano and Strings

Simon Callaghan and the London Mozart Players
Simon Callaghan and the London Mozart Players
Vinzenz Lachner (1811-1893) is one of those composers who have disappeared into the mists of time. He was the younger brother of the composer/conductor Franz Lachner (whose main claim to fame now is adding recitatives to Cherubini's Medea). Vinzenz spent 37 years as the court conductor in Mannheim, his students included Max Bruch and Hermann Levi. Vinzenz's arrangement of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor Op. 37 for piano and strings is starting to get some currency, and there is a rare chance to hear it live on Sunday 3 June 2018 at the Conway Hall.

Pianist Simon Callaghan (artistic director of Conway Hall Sunday Concerts) joins principal players from the London Mozart Players to perform Vinzenz Lachner's arrangement of Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor Op. 37 . The programme is completed by Mozart's Eine Kleine Nachtmusik K525, Bottesini's Elegy No.1 in D and Haydn's Symphony No. 102 in B flat Hob. I/102.

GIovanni Bottesini's Elegy was originally for double-bass and piano, and was written just a year before Bottesini (1821-1889) conducted the premiere of Verdi's Aida in Cairo!

Haydn's Symphony No. 102 is the 10th of Haydn's 12 London symphonies. Completed in 1794, it is from a group of symphonies written in Vienna for Haydn's second London visit and it is now believed by many scholars to be the symphony at the premiere of which a chandelier fell from the ceiling of the concert hall in which it was performed.

Full details from the Conway Hall website.

1 comment:

  1. This arrangement has taken on new significance. Go to to watch Isata Kanneh-Mason and her family play it in lieu of her scheduled performance at Royal Albert Hall, April, 2020.


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