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Works by Rimsky-Korsakov, Vivaldi, Gershwin, Jeremiah Clarke and Schubert are on the menu in tonight's Concert.
Tonight's concert kicks off with the vividly brilliant Capriccio Espagnol by Rimsky-Korsakov. Composed in 1887, it was given its premiere in St. Petersburg with the composer himself conducting. Tchaikovsky declared to Rimsky-Korsakov "your 'Spanish Capriccio' is a colossal masterpiece of instrumentation, and you may regard yourself as the greatest master of the present day."
Our concert continues in fizzing style with the Piano Concerto in F by George Gershwin, pictured. Composed in 1925, it represents one of his finest syntheses of the classical and jazz traditions and demonstrates his extraordinary skill as a tunesmith. Xiayin Wang has previously shown her natural affinity with Gershwin’s music and applies all the same verve, brilliance and delight to this recent recording of the concerto.
Jeremiah Clarke's Suite for Trumpet in D major is played tonight by Hakan Hardenberger with Simon Preston on the organ. The Suite features the famous Prince of Denmark's March, popularly known as the 'Trumpet Voluntary'.
Schubert did not live long enough to hear his symphonies performed publicly. Of them, the sixth was the only one he heard played at all - in a rehearsal with an amateur orchestra. This is a youthful work which pays tribute to Rossini, and the orchestra of the time would have been smaller than anything on the scale of a Romantic era orchestra.
Antonio Vivaldi's first published set of concertos, called L'estro armonico was the most influential and innovative collection of orchestral music of the first half of the 18th century. The eighth work in the set is the Concerto in A minor, a three-movement work for two solo violins and orchestra. It's performed tonight by Nigel Kennedy, Daniel Stabrawa and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.
Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio Espagnol Opus 34
Alexander Lazarev conducts the London Philharmonic Orchestra
George Gershwin: Piano Concerto in F
Piano: Xiayin Wang
Peter Oundjian conducts the Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Jeremiah Clarke: Suite for Trumpet in D major
Trumpet: Hakan Hardenberger
Organ: Simon Preston
Franz Schubert: Symphony No.6 in C major D.589
Thomas Zehetmair conducts the Royal Northern Sinfonia
Antonio Vivaldi: Concerto in A minor for 2 Violins Opus 3 RV.522
Violins: Nigel Kennedy, Daniel Stabrawa
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra