Peres Da Costa is a world-renowned historical performance specialist and one of Australia’s best cultural assets. He will perform on a replica Conrad Graf fortepiano, the maker of Beethoven’s own instrument, generously made available by the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 'The Emperor' was first proclaimed ‘an emperor of a concerto’ by one of Napoleon’s officers at its premiere in Vienna. This new chamber version by Vi King Lim will bring this piece to life in a new and exciting way.
Over the past five years AHE audiences have regularly expressed their delight at hearing larger scale works in fresh chamber arrangements.
The program also presents two other Australian premieres of historical chamber versions, including Mozart’s Overture to the Magic Flute and the spectacular ‘Prague’ Symphony arranged by Masi and Cimador around 1800.