Saturday 27th May 2017
Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham
Elgar - Overture: In the South
Grieg - Piano Concerto
Walton - Belshazzar's Feast
Andrew Tyson, Piano
Benedict Nelson, Baritone
Nottingham Harmonic Choir
Our season finale brings together two English composers inspired by Italy, and an evergreen concerto written by a Norwegian abroad. The dynamic young American pianist Andrew Tyson is the soloist in Grieg’s A minor piano concerto which has become his most significant orchestral work, his familiar lyricism allied to powerful drama. Elgar’s stay in Alassio in 1904 inspired him to write his extrovert overture, In the South, while William Walton began writing his cantata in a monk’s cell on the Amalfi coast. Belshazzar’s Feast was first heard in the 1931 Leeds Festival. Sir Thomas Beecham was so convinced it would fail that he sardonically suggested adding a couple of brass bands to its massive forces. Walton did just that, creating a widescreen spectacular, powered by his thrilling rhythmic drive and most brilliant orchestration.
Free pre-concert talk, 6.30pm in the auditorium: Neil Bennison introduces the 2017-18 season
(Image credit: Christian Steiner)
This event is managed by Theatre Royal and Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham. Please refer to the booking link for further details.