London Chamber Orchestra & Vladimir Ashkenazy

Music Centre De Bijloke Ghent


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Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony: is there any other piece of music that so appeals to the imagination?

The opening motif – just those four notes! – is the most famous ear-worm in the history of music and has acquired almost mythical status. In the hands of famous names like conductor Vladimir Ashkenazy and the London Chamber Orchestra, the Fifth is guaranteed to be a sublime experience.

Beethoven can be heard elsewhere too: the good-humoured Dmitri Shostakovich quotes him several times in his lively First Piano Concerto. In this work, Shostakovich gives the trumpet a central role. It was unusual at the time, but became an especially successful combination: the piano provides the cheerful and mischievous atmosphere, while the trumpet plays the ironic-humorous part.

For the solo voices, we have two top talents in store: the Russian pianist Daniel Kharitonov and the French trumpeter Lucienne Renaudin-Vary. The experience of Vladimir Ashkenazy – he will be 80 in 2017 – in combination with the youthfulness of two undertwenties promises to be a very exciting encounter!

A co-production with Bijloke Music Centre.

Under the auspices of the British Ambassador H.E. Alison Rose.


Ludwig van Beethoven
Overture to ‘The Creatures of Prometheus’, Op. 43

Dmitri Shostakovich
Concerto for piano, trumpet and strings n° 1, Op. 35

Ludwig van Beethoven
Symphony n° 5 in C minor, Op. 67


Daniel Kharitonov, piano
Lucienne Renaudin-Vary, trumpet
London Chamber Orchestra
conducted by Vladimir Ashkenazy