Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra: Season Finale Brahms, Elgar and Mozart
AboutElgar Introduction and Allegro Op.47
Mozart Symphony no.41 K 551 Jupiter
Brahms Piano Concerto no.1 in D minor Op.15
Sian Edwards conductor
Joanna MacGregor piano
Thomas Gould leader
BPO's 2021-22 season closes with powerful programme conducted by the eminent conductor Sian Edwards, known for her work at Glyndebourne and English National Opera, as well as with Los Angeles Philharmonic, Orchestra de Paris and St. Petersburg Philharmonic.
The Elgars had been on holiday in Cardiganshire, West Wales in 1901, where Edward heard 'distance singing of folk songs'; he jotted down a theme which reappeared in this exhilarating work four years later, a virtuoso and highly idiomatic piece of writing for string quartet and string orchestra. The strings continue their work-out – joined by wind, brass and timpani – in Mozart's audacious, energetic Jupiter, with its breathtaking five-part counterpoint in the last movement. It's a fitting farewell to Mozart the symphonist, at the peak of his prowess.
Our final work is Brahms's magisterial first piano concerto, reflecting a turbulent youth: his devotion to Clara Schumann, a broken engagement to Agathe von Siebold, and his struggle for greatness. Initially an orchestral work, then a two-piano piece, the D minor concerto became the biggest concerto yet written. Symphonic, tragic, romantic and ultimately triumphant, it's a satisfying climax to our own dramatic year.
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