RUSH HOUR #3: UNCONDUCTED
ST JOHN’S WATERLOO
Beethoven Egmont Overture
Brahms Variations on a Theme of Joseph Haydn
Haydn Symphony No.90
with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields
The Principals of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields are world leaders in playing without a conductor, instead relying on heightened senses and subtle body language to navigate through a performance. Playing side-by-side with Southbank Sinfonia, they help to cultivate the skills needed to pull off such a feat.
In less than 10 minutes, Beethoven tells a story of domination, tragedy, heroism and hope in the overture to the play Egmont. From Brahms comes shining originality dappled with classical-era elegance, as a theme – once thought to be by Haydn but actually of a composer whose identity is shrouded in mystery – is twisted and turned through various musical guises. A piece indisputably by Haydn is his Symphony No.90, full of charm, wit and a surprise in the fourth movement…