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RNCM Symphony Orchestra

Friday 2 November 7.30pm

RNCM Concert Hall


Richard Wagner Tristan und Isolde Prelude to Act 1
Sergei Prokofiev Piano Concerto No 3 in C major Op 26
Aaron Breeze New work
Modest Mussorgsky (arr Ravel) Pictures at an Exhibition

En Shao, Jack Sheen conductors
Anna Denisova piano

The concept of ‘originality’ is turned on its head in this programme. Mussorgsky’s tribute to his artist friend Victor Hartmann was composed as a series of piano pieces and the composer never thought to orchestrate the work himself. Several took on that task but Ravel’s 1922 orchestral version outstrips its competitors in the brilliance of its colours and sheer ingenuity. Jump forward to 2018 and tonight, we have the chance to hear RNCM composer Aaron Breeze’s response to this seminal work as he adds his own new picture to the exhibition.

Wagner is credited with changing the course of Western music with just four notes – the first chord of tonight’s opening piece. You can find out more about the ‘Tristan chord’ and other musical innovations in David Horne’s pre-concert talk.

Further contorting the idea of originality will be Aaron Breeze, an RNCM composer, who has penned a response to Mussorgsky/Ravel’s seminal work especially for this concert. It will be interesting to see what new picture the young composer has decided to add to this enchanting exhibition.
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Spotlight: Stephen Sondheim Showcase

Friday 2 November 5.30pm

Songs from his most beloved and lesser-known characters.

Free admission, no ticket required

Pre-theatre dining is available before this event between 5pm and 7.30pm.

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Friday 2 November 7.30pm - Tickets £5