Julian Rachlin, conductor
Denis Kozhukhin, piano
Turku Philharmonic Orchestra
Ludwig van Beethoven: Overture to the Creatures of Prometheus
Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Concerto no. 5 in E flat major op. 73 “Emperor”
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony no. 6 in F major op. 68 “Pastoral”
Happy birthday, Ludwig! The year 2020 marks the 250th anniversary of the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven. Julian Rachlin conducts a celebratory programme of three of Beethoven’s landmark works. The Overture to the ballet The Creatures of Prometheus forms a lively start to the evening. Pianist Denis Kozhukin, winner of the Queen Elizabeth Competition in 2010, gets to display his brilliance in Beethoven’s heroic last Piano Concerto, while the lovely, pure harmonies of the Pastoral Symphony transport the listener to Beethoven’s favourite place: the countryside.