The Christchurch Symphony Orchestra’s 2018 season officially opens with the return of the Lamb & Hayward Masterworks series on February 24 at the Air Force Museum.
Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 was originally dedicated to a man who was at the time of composition was the First Consul of France, one Napoleon Bonaparte, who Beethoven believed embodied the democratic, anti-monarchical ideals of the French Revolution. Oops, not so much, Ludwig; Bonaparte declaring himself the Emperor of France soon after saw the composer furiously scratch the now-dictator’s name out, rededicating his symphony to ‘The Heroic’ instead.
The work we now know as Eroica is a milestone composition that has come to mark the beginning of the Romantic period in classical music; in 2016 it was named the greatest symphony of all time by BBC Music Magazine in a survey of 151 conductors working across the world. (Should have stayed First Consul, Napoleon – that glory could have been yours!).
Also appearing on the concert programme is the world premiere of Christchurch composer John Young’s Spirit, commissioned for this occasion by the CSO, while renowned Russian violinist Natalia Lomeiko (pictured) also revisits the CSO to perform Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor.