Friday 1st October 2021
Nottingham Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham
Tickets £11.50 to £37.50
Vaughan Williams - Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
Ravel - Piano Concerto
Thea Musgrave - Song of the Enchanter
Sibelius - Symphony No.2
Sir Mark Elder
Imogen Cooper, piano
Vaughan Williams’ multi-layered masterpiece for double string orchestra offers a visionary opening to our new season before a welcome visit to Nottingham by pianist Dame Imogen Cooper. She’ll be performing Ravel’s jazz-tinged Piano Concerto in G, inspired partly by the composer having met George Gershwin. It’s a dazzling example of his ingenuity as an orchestrator, from the tender cor anglais solo in the sublime slow movement to the scurrying bassoon in its helter-skelter finale. Thea Musgrave’s homage to Sibelius provides an atmospheric entrée to the Finnish composer’s Second Symphony, which enjoys such popularity today that it’s hard to appreciate how daringly unconventional it was in 1901. It’s also where we find Sibelius at his most overtly Romantic, not least in the majestic finale, as upbeat and radiant as he ever gets.
For this concert, the choir stalls are being used by the orchestra to separate one of the string groups in Vaughan Williams’s Tallis Fantasia, so bargain seats (available at £9.50 each from 12pm on 1 October) are being made available elsewhere, in the rear stalls and Tier 2. Please call the box office on 0115 989 5555 for more details.
Free pre-concert talk, 6.20pm in the auditorium:
Sir Mark Elder introduces the programme.