Conductor Kirill Karabits
Piano Stephen Hough
Berlioz Romeo and Juliet Orchestral Suite
Liszt Piano Concerto No.1
Scriabin Poem of Ecstasy
‘A javelin hurled into the future’ is how Liszt once characterised his music. And when it comes to the Piano Concerto he premiered in 1855 (conducted by Berlioz as it happens), Stephen Hough is the pianist to project it with unassailable insight and strength – “if performing Liszt’s piano music was an Olympic event”, declared The Evening Standard, “Stephen Hough would be a gold medal contender”. To left and right of it passions are equally high as Berlioz brushes up his Shakespeare in a work that made Wagner feel like a schoolboy by comparison, while Scriabin’s fevered symphonic poem embodies the fervour of its accompanying poem: ‘I am a moment of illuminating eternity… I am affirmation… I am ecstasy’.
Pre-concert interview: Stephen Hough
6.25pm, free with a concert ticket to Hough Plays Lizt
Discovering Music Talk
Saturday 1 February, 11am
Bristol based conductor Jonathan James hosts this popular series of talks that dig deeper into the themes and ideas behind the music. In an entertaining and incisive style Jonathan explores and uncovers the building blocks of each programme, putting the music performed into historical and social context.