In this most lyrical, poetic and fantastical of his concertos, Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto, one of his most daring keyboard works – ardent yet melancholy, heroic yet ethereal, anguished yet whimsical. There is a bucolic freeness to its opening, but it only takes a few minutes for it to explode into restless action. Schumann’s Fourth Symphony is a sinuous and structurally taught work. Its four thematically connected movements are played without pause, enhancing the poetic flow of the solemn grandeur of the music before reaching its volatile and explosive ending – and its threat of insurrection, violence, terror and madness.

The concert livestream will be accessible behind a paywall as an embedded Vimeo video stream. It is best to watch through an up-to-date browser (we recommend Google Chrome on a PC and Safari on an Apple device). You can then connect to your TV or HIFI via a cable connection. An Amazon Firestick is also compatible using the Amazon Silk browser direct on a TV as well as most default browsers on SMART TVs.
The concert will be available to view on demand for 30 days after the orginal performance until 7.30pm (GMT) on Friday 16 April 2021.

Works and composers

Beethoven Piano Concerto No.4
Schumann Symphony No.4 (original version)

Supported by

Richard Lewis