Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra concert at Katara Opera House on Monday
The Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra (QPO), a member of the Qatar Foundation, presents a concert featuring two of Beethoven’s finest dramatic works – “Leonore Overture No. 3” and “Symphony No. 3 in E Flat Major, Eroica Symphony”.
The concert will take place at the Katara Opera on Monday from 5 p.m.
‘Fidelio’, originally titled ‘Leonore’, is Beethoven’s only opera. Beethoven produced four versions of the overture to ‘Fidelio’, although ‘Leonore Overture No. 3’ is considered the most powerful and theatrical of the overtures.
Beethoven’s ‘Symphony No. 3’, also known as the ‘Heroic Symphony’ because of its supposed heroic nature, was premiered in 1805 and was larger and more intense than the usual symphonies at the time. The piece is one of Beethoven’s primarily instrumental works and is considered a turning point in the history of music as it marks the start of Beethoven’s second period in his career.
Elias Grandy, the conductor, has established himself as one of the leading conductors of his generation with a reputation for exceptional versatility, equally at home in the concert hall as in the opera.
Meanwhile, QPO has announced that they will be performing the “Brahms Meets Haydn” concert on February 25.
This concert promises an evening of Brahms, with in particular the ‘Haydn Variations’ and the ‘Symphony n°2 in D major’ under the direction of Elias Grandy.
“Haydn Variations” was written in 1873 and demonstrates Brahms’ mastery of the technique of variation. The variations are based on a simple theme thought to be composition by Joseph Haydn at the time, although we now know that this attribution was incorrect. Brahms’ “Symphony No. 2 in D major” is one of his happiest mature works, and its happy nature could be due to the fact that it was composed during the summer holidays in 1877 when he lived on the shores of an Austrian lake.