BSO: Backward Glimpses
Start time 7.30pm. £17.25 - £32.25 including booking fee & levy
BSO: Backward Glimpses

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Thursday, 24 January 2019, 7.30pm
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BSO: Backward Glimpses

Thursday 24 Jan 2019 - Start time 7.30pm. £17.25 - £32.25 including booking fee & levy

Ravel Valses nobles et sentimentales

Saint-Saêns Piano Concerto No.2
Rachmaninov Symphonic Dances

Jacek Kspszyk conductor
Benjamin Grosvenor piano

The Symphonic Dances proved to be Rachmaninov’s last work, and the music suggests a new direction he might have pursued had fate granted him more time. In contrast to the lush harmonies and sweeping melodic lines that pervade his earlier style, it offers a more modern sound of leaner textures and sharper harmonies. He creates a wondrous kaleidoscope of instrumental colours, from the mellow crooning of an alto saxophone to the dry-bones clatter of a xylophone. With its incisive dance rhythms inspired by folk and jazz, the work finally explodes with visceral energy. It did not take long for Saint-Saëns’ Second Piano Concerto to become a perennial favourite.

Its novelty shows a youthful high-spiritedness and somewhat inorganic juxtaposed themes and movements. A famous witticism claimed “It begins with Bach and ends with Offenbach” and indeed its unusual introspective, improvisatory opening is reminiscent of Bach. The skill of Saint-Saëns the pianist shines throughout, with its virtuosic passages and arpeggios, ultimately sparking to the finale’s tempestuous pyrotechnics. But this exquisite concerto is a hallmark of Saint-Saëns the composer as well, characterised by his beautiful turns of phrase and harmonic diversions. Ravel greatly admired Schubert’s collection of Valses Nobles and Valses Sentimentales, inspiring him to write his own cycle of eight solo piano waltzes which he later orchestrated – each a sparkling jewel.

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Wheelchair users: 50% discount and 50% discount for ONE companion
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Group booking discount available:
10% discount for groups 10+
20% discount for groups 20+
30% discount for groups 30+

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