SF Chamber Orch.

YOUNG BEETHOVEN

SF Chamber Orch., Herbst, YOUNG BEETHOVEN. Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.1 Rin Homma, pianist (2017-2018 Debut Artist) Beethoven: Symphony No.1 Drawn to Vienna, the musical capital of Europe, as an ambitious 21-year-old, Ludwig van Beethoven was determined to make his mark in the world. Standing on the shoulders of Haydn and Mozart, Beethoven, even in his earliest works, goes a step beyond them with revolutionary innovations that will usher in 19th-century Romanticism. His first symphony brims with excitement and vitality, while his Piano Concerto No. 1, written to highlight Beethoven’s own formidable pianistic skills, is an early masterpiece. “When you get the feeling that whatever note succeeds the last is the only possible note that can rightly happen at that instant, in that context,” according to Leonard Bernstein, “then chances are you’re listening to Beethoven.”