Ligeti Concert Românesc
Shostakovich Piano Concerto No.1
Beethoven Symphony No.3, ‘Eroica’
‘Now he is a man like any other!’ When Napoleon cast off his egalitarian facade by crowning himself Emperor, Beethoven was appalled. He furiously destroyed the page bearing a Napoleonic dedication, renaming the piece ‘Heroic Symphony, in memory of a great man’.
Shostakovich’s madcap piano concerto with its crazy trumpet solo sums up late 1920s Moscow, when experimental Soviet art was encouraged by the government.
In contrast, the post-war Hungarian authorities banned Ligeti’s Concert Românesc. It’s an affectionate recollection of his Romanian childhood, with the orchestra transformed into a gigantic village band.