BBC National Orchestra of Wales March 2018
The Golden Spinning Wheel
Piano Concerto No.1
Possibly the highlight of our 17-18 series is the visit of one of the great polymaths of the modern international classical scene – pianist, composer, writer and painter, Stephen Hough. He performs one of the sweetest and most Italianate of 19th century piano concertos (but also one of the most brisk and dazzling): Mendelssohn’s G minor concerto, which is sure to be a rare treat for Cheltenham audiences.
The Hough-Mendelssohn combination is preceded by four symphonic poems Dvořák wrote late in life (1894), based on the gruesome fairy tales of Karel Erben. The Golden Spinning Wheel is a first-rate example of the composer’s attention to bloodcurdling detail, with almost every bar relating to the original story. Finally, the marvellous closing statement of this superb concert is Brahms’ C minor Symphony (complete with its soaring final movement melody), over which the composer agonised for around 15 years, and which signalled his escape from the shadow of Beethoven.
There is no Pre-Concert Talk before tonight’s performance.
Please note there is a £2 ticket commission fee included in the price of the ticket.
Part of the 2017-18 Cheltenham Concert Series.
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