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.
Friday 2 November 5.30pm
Songs from his most beloved and lesser-known characters.
Free admission, no ticket required