Glasgow Chamber Orchestra

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Spring Concert

Saturday  16 March 2019 @ 7.30 pm

Sherbrooke Mosspark Church, Nithsdale Road, G41 5AD

Guest Conductor : Robert Baxter

Leader : Hazel McDonald


Programme Notes

Ludwig van Beethoven – King Stephen Overture (opus 117).

Beethoven was commissioned in 1811 to write music to commemorate the opening of the New Theater at Pest (now part of Budapest).   He collaborated with the lyricist Ketzebue to produce King Stephen, a work comprising and overture and nine vocal numbers.  Only the overture is usually played today.  The work is based on Hungarian historical subjects.  The King Stephen Overture, named after the first Hungarian King, begins with four calls in the trumpets, horns, bassoons, and strings, followed by a march played by the flute. The march is interrupted by four more calls, and then is resumed, leading to the main section of the overture. The work develops with the introduction of a martial theme followed another theme, which is the first phrase of the vocal theme in the finale of the Ninth Symphony. A rousing Coda brings the overture to its close. The work lasts around 7 minutes.

Ludwig van Beethoven – Piano Concerto No 1 in C major (opus 15)  

Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No 1 was written in 1795, then revised in 1800. The first performance actually took place on 18 December 1795, with Beethoven as the soloist in Vienna.  Its publication in 1801 came with a dedication to a pupil of his, Princess Anna Louise Barbara Odescalchi, known to her friends as “Babette”.  

This was Beethoven's first piano concerto to be published, but actually his third attempt at writing a concerto, the first being an unpublished concerto in Eb major written in 1784 and the second his Piano Concerto No 2 Bb major, Op 19.   The work is in 3 movements.  1 - Allegro Con Brio, 2 - Largo and 3 - Rondo. Allegro Scherzando.   Whilst this concerto reflects the writings of Mozart and Haydn, it also shows off Beethoven’s own style with its abrupt harmonic shifts. The piece is in sonata form, as was the style at that time. The work lasts around 40 minutes.

Franz Schubert – Symphony No 4 in C minor (D417)

Schubert’s 4th symphony in C minor, was completed in 1816, a year after his 3rd symphony and when the composer was still only 19 years of age. The work, known by the composer as “The Tragic”, was not premiered publicly, however, until November 1849 in Leipzig, more than two decades after Schubert's death. It is not known why the work was given its title, but the symphony is one of only two he wrote in a minor key (the other being his 8th symphony - The Unfinished).  The work is in 4 movements:

1. Adagio Molto      2. Andante       3. Menuetto. Allegro Vivace – Trio       4. Allegro

Programme Notes by Wendy Dougan


King Stephen overture Opus 117


Piano Concerto No 1 in C major, Opus 15

soloist - Liana Storey


Symphony No 4 in C minor "Tragic", D 417

Liana Storey  (piano)

Liana Storey was born in Kansas City, USA in 2002 and began playing the piano at the age of four. She studied with Marina Sultanova at the International Center for Music at Park University, Missouri, where she was given regular opportunities to perform from a young age.

When Liana was eight years old, her family moved to Glasgow and since then she has been having her piano lessons at the Junior Conservatoire at the RCS. She has studied with Marika Slater and James Willshire, and is currently studying with Graeme McNaught.

Liana passed her ABRSM Grade 8 piano exam at the age of 12 and gained the highest mark for piano in Glasgow, receiving The W Lindsey Lamb Memorial Bursary Award for Pianoforte. She won fourth prize in the Moray piano competition in Elgin in 2013, first prize at the Young Pianist of the North International Piano Competition in 2014, and, most recently, in 2018 she was a finalist in the James Waterhouse piano Competition and won second prize in the Junior Intercollegiate Beethoven Piano Competition. She has also won numerous piano categories at the Glasgow Music Festival over the past few years.

Liana also plays the oboe which she studies with Stephen West at the Junior Conservatoire, and in 2017 she gained her Trinity ATCL performance diploma with distinction. She is currently in her fifth year at Williamwood High School and is working for her six Highers.

Tickets for our Spring Concert are now available for purchase from our online booking service. Simply click on the button to go to website where you can purchase your tickets for this concert.  Please note a small booking fee will apply to tickets purchased online.

Ticket prices are as follows:   

              Adults -  £12                  Concessions/Students - £10                         Under 18s - £5

Tickets will also soon be available from members of the
orchestra, or they can be purchased at the door of the Church
on the evening of the concert.