Brett Dean has a special relationship with Beethoven. Testament is one of his many works reflecting on the life and music of his idol. The name alludes to the letter by Beethoven known as the Heiligenstadt Testament, which Dean interprets as “a leave-taking, an acceptance and a fresh start”. The viola is Dean’s own instrument, so composing a Concerto for it was a chance to assess his relationship with “this curiously beautiful, somewhat enigmatic instrument of my choosing”.
Nicholas Collon, conductor Lawrence Power, viola
Brett Dean: Testament Brett Dean: Viola Concerto Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 C Minor Op. 67
Tickets: 9–38 €
Interval at about 7.50 pm. The concert ends at about 8.55 pm.