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RNCM Symphony Orchestra

Friday 5 May 7.30pm

RNCM Concert Hall

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Witold Lutosławski Funeral Music in memory of Béla Bartók
Béla Bartók Piano Concerto No 2 in G major Sz 95
Jean Sibelius Symphony No 5 in E flat major Op 82

Manoj Kamps conductor
Sitong Meng piano

Tonight’s programme was chosen by our Junior Fellow in Conducting Manoj Kamps, for what will be his final assessment. Bartok’s Piano Concerto will be performed by Sitong Meng, one of the winners of our Concerto Competition, and András Schiff said of this challenging work: ‘For the piano player, it’s a finger-breaking piece. It is probably the single most difficult piece that I have ever played, and I usually end up with a keyboard covered by blood.’

Sibelius’ love of nature is well documented and the Finnish landscape often served as a backdrop to inspire his work. This is evident in his Fifth Symphony which completes this evening. Commissioned by the Finnish government in honour of his 50th birthday, it is a stunning example of the composer’s ability to develop a symphonic movement from a single idea. In fact, a couple of his ideas (from this work alone) have been appropriated by artists as diverse as John Coltrane and Gorillaz.



Spotlight

Spotlight: Candlelight Vespers

Friday 5 May 6.00pm

Rachmaninov’s All Night Vigil by candlelight

Free admission, no ticket required



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