From political drama to real-life revolution, James Gaffigan and the BSO man the barricades for an evening rich in zeal and idealism.
Conductor James Gaffigan
Piano Alexander Gavrylyuk
Beethoven Egmont Overture
Prokofiev Piano Concerto No.1
Shostakovich Symphony No.11
Defiance stalks the BSO’s first concert of the season as the young Prokofiev’s compact concerto is flanked by two powerful examples of musical agitprop. A Goetheinspired complement to the Eroica Symphony heard earlier in the month, Beethoven’s gritty Overture in praise of selfless heroism later became associated with the Hungarian Uprising of 1956. Following on, Shostakovich’s blockbuster of a symphony commemorates the 1905 Russian Revolution in music despatched with almost newsreel immediacy; spanning glacial numbness to searing fervour.
American conductor James Gaffigan is an old friend of the BSO who “not only shows you how a piece should sound, but what it means” (Toronto Globe and Mail) and he’s joined by Horowitz Competition winner Alexander Gavrylyuk, described by Gramophone as “a pianist to strike awe and envy into all possible rivals”. Beating off the LSO and Berlin Philharmonic to be voted the ‘World’s Favourite Orchestra’ in Bachtrack’s 2014 poll, the BSO starts the new season with a spring in its step.
The Lantern, 6.25pm, free with a concert ticket
Music educator and conductor Jonathan James gives an insightful talk on tonight’s programme.
Free Foyer Performance, 18:00-19:15
Brass Quintet from the University of Bristol, The Five Brass Pigs, perform. More details