The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra visits the Proms with its Music Director Manfred Honeck, bringing favourites by Beethoven and Tchaikovsky. First on the programme though is a concert rarity: a flamboyant orchestral work by Walther Braunfels, whose career was knocked off course in Nazi Germany. Although profoundly influenced by Wagner he was also a huge admirer of Berlioz, as is evident in this work. Beethoven's Fourth Piano concerto, played by Hélène Grimaud, shows the intimate as well as the dramatic side of the composer. Tchaikovsky's triumphant symphony concludes the programme.
This is the first of two Proms with the Pittsburgh Orchestra.
Braunfels: Fantastic Appearances of a Theme of Hector Berlioz
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5 in E minor
Hélène Grimaud (piano)
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Manfred Honeck (conductor)