Orchestre Métropolitain presents

Beethoven and Mozart in the Spotlight

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.

Jane Glover, conductor

Acclaimed British conductor Jane Glover, named Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 2021 New Year’s Honours, has been Music of the Baroque’s music director since 2002. She made her professional debut at the Wexford Festival in 1975, conducting her own edition of Cavalli’s LʼEritrea. She joined Glyndebourne in 1979 and was music director of Glyndebourne Touring Opera from 1981 until 1985. She was artistic director of the London Mozart Players from 1984 to 1991, and has also held principal conductorships of both the Huddersfield and the London Choral Societies. From 2009 until 2016 she was Director of Opera at the Royal Academy of Music where she is now the Felix Mendelssohn Visiting Professor. She was recently Visiting Professor of Opera at the University of Oxford, her alma mater.

Jane Glover has conducted all the major symphony and chamber orchestras in Britain, as well as orchestras in Europe, the United States, Asia, and Australia. In recent seasons she has appeared with the New York Philharmonic, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Minnesota Orchestra, the San Francisco, Houston, St. Louis, Sydney, Cincinnati, and Toronto symphony orchestras, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and the Bamberg Symphony. She has worked with the period-instrument orchestras Philharmonia Baroque, and the Handel and Haydn Society. And she has made regular appearances at the BBC Proms.

Future and recent-past engagements include her continuing seasons with Music of the Baroque in Chicago, her debut with Minnesota Opera (Albert Herring), her returns to the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Houston Symphony, the Orchestra of St Luke’s (at Carnegie Hall) and the London Mozart Players. In the 2019/2020 season she made debuts with the Bremen Philharmonic and the Malaysia Philharmonic.

Paul Lewis, piano

Paul Lewis is internationally regarded as one of the leading musicians of his generation. His cycles of core piano works by Beethoven and Schubert have received unanimous critical and public acclaim worldwide, and consolidated his reputation as one of the world’s foremost interpreters of the central European classical repertoire. His numerous awards have included the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Instrumentalist of the Year, two Edison awards, three Gramophone awards, the Diapason D’or de l’Annee, the Preis Der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik, the Premio Internazionale Accademia Musicale Chigiana, and the South Bank Show Classical Music award. He holds honorary degrees from Liverpool, Edge Hill, and Southampton Universities, and was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2016 Queen’s Birthday Honours.

He works regularly as soloist with the world’s great orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony, London Symphony, London Philharmonic, Bavarian Radio Symphony, NHK Symphony, New York Philharmonic, LA Philharmonic, and the Royal Concertgebouw, Cleveland, Tonhalle Zurich, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Philharmonia, and Mahler Chamber Orchestras.

BEETHOVEN, Piano Concerto No. 5 “Emperor”
MOZART, Symphony No. 31 “Paris”

Maison symphonique
Friday, April 29, 2022 at 7:30pm

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