Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra - Rococo and Revolution
Doors 7pm, £31.25, £25.75, £22.50, £20.50, £16.00 including booking fee and restoration levy
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra - Rococo and Revolution

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra - Rococo and Revolution

Friday 07 Apr 2017 - Doors 7pm, £31.25, £25.75, £22.50, £20.50, £16.00 including booking fee and restoration levy

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No-one really knows why Schubert never finished his B minor symphony. With numerous other aborted fragments it may well have been that he was growing dissatisfied with symphonic form as he had been practicing it and was striving for something on a far larger scale, something to compare with the dramatic energy and scope shown by Beethoven. But with these two most perfect movements, Schubert ushered in the age of the Romantic symphony – the variety and immediacy of the themes suffusing the work are breath-taking. It is powerful, satisfying music; perhaps it was left unfinished because it could not, need not be finished. With its graceful main theme and resourceful invention, the Rococo Variations remains one of Tchaikovsky's most popular pieces.

It is a work characterised by carefree charm, grace and the indomitable spirit of his idol, Mozart, filtered through his Russian and Romantic sensibilities. The ‘Reformation’ Symphony was premiered under the title “Symphony to celebrate the Church Revolution”. It received mixed reviews and was performed only once more in Mendelssohn’s lifetime which probably explains its posthumous publication. It opens with a stately introduction, built upon a fragment of music from the 18th century Lutheran liturgy of Saxony known as the ‘Dresden Amen’. Given Mendelssohn’s interest in programme music it is not unreasonable to conclude that the storminess of this music represents the ecclesiastical conflicts in the Church during the Reformation.

Schubert Symphony No.8 ‘Unfinished’

Tchaikovsky Variations on a Rococo Theme

Mendelssohn Symphony No.5 ‘Reformation’
Kirill Karabits

Johannes Moser

Series discounts available*

12 concerts 40%

9-11 concerts 30%

6-8 concerts 20%

3-5 concerts 10%


Kids for a quid
Wheelchair users: 50% discount and 50% discount for ONE companion
Disabled customers: NO discount but 50% discount for ONE companion
Full-time students: 50% discount (with valid proof)
Job Seekers, Income Support Benefit: 50% discount (with valid proof)
BSO staff: 50% discount with green BSO ID card

Group booking discount available:

10% discount for groups 10+
20% discount for groups 20+
30% discount for groups 30+

On sale 7th of September 2016

Cafe Our popular Café Guildhall & fully stocked bars will be open for dinner before shows and during intervals. Read More
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