Adams - The Chairman Dances Listen
Rachmaninov - Piano Concerto No 1 Listen
Penderecki - Chaconne Listen
Brahms - Symphony No 3 Listen
Rachmaninov was just eighteen when he composed his first piano concerto for his friend Alexander Siloti. Around that time, Siloti had been practising Grieg’s piano concerto in Rachmaninov’s house and influences can be heard throughout.
Penderecki’s Chaconne is taken from his Polish Requiem, first performed in 1984. Originally commissioned to write a piece commemorating those killed in anti-government riots in 1970, Penderecki began to expand the work into a requiem, honouring other key events and figures in Polish history. The Chaconne was not added until 2005, in memory of Pope John Paul II.
Brahms’ third symphony is widely considered to be his best, despite tension at the premiere, when fans of the recently deceased Wagner, a long standing enemy of Brahms, tried to sabotage the performance. The recurring motif throughout the piece is based around the notes F, A and F, representing the words “frei aber froh” meaning “free but happy” – the single 50 year old’s description of himself!
"I have rewritten my First Concerto; it is really good now. All the youthful freshness is there, and yet it plays itself so much more easily." Sergei Rachmaninov on his Piano Concerto No 1Pre-concert talk 6.45pm
Catherine Tackley discusses the evening’s works.
Entry is free to ticket-holders for the concert but space is limited so please arrive early to avoid disappointment.
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