Beethoven, Chopin and a Sorrowful Song
Ecstasy and despair… adversaries at the heart of the Autumn Festival. It starts with Beethoven’s colourful interpretation of the Prometheus myth: humanity’s creation and its protector’s eternal punishment. Then Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2, written in the passion and pangs of first love. Chopin dedicated the Adagio to this love, creating a piece Liszt called “a perfection almost ideal.”
Górecki’s Symphony No. 3 is a lament so powerful it transcends genre. The text comes from messages scratched on the walls of a Gestapo prison. “I wanted to express a great sorrow,” Górecki said, a goal he achieved with profound beauty.