A cheerful Finnish spring meets the high summer of Norwegian romanticism as the BSO welcomes back the 2009 Leeds Piano Competition finalist Alessandro Taverna.
Conductor Joshua Weilerstein
Piano Alessandro Taverna
Sibelius Spring Song
Grieg Piano Concerto
Rachmaninov Symphonic Dances
At just 27, young conductor and “revelation on the podium” (Corriere della Sera) Joshua Weilerstein is going places fast. With most of Scandinavia’s finest orchestras under his belt not to mention the New York Philharmonic, Sibelius and Grieg should put him in his element. To complete the programme, Rachmaninov called his Symphonic Dances his “last spark”, filled with backward glances to Russia and his earlier works.
Pre-concert Foyer Performance 6.30pm
Ensembles from Bristol University Music Society perform.
The Victoria Woodwind Quintet:
Ligeti 6 Bagatelle
Milhaud La Cheminee du roi Rene
Ravel Pavane pour une infante défunte
Malcolm Arnold Three Shanties
The Bristol Brass Quintet:
Bizet Carmen Suite
Rossini Largo al factotum
Haydn War march of the priests
Inside The Music talk
The Lantern, 6.25pm, free with a concert ticket
Jonathan James looks into moments in Rachmaninov’s Symphonic Dances with demonstrations from the piano.