Thursday 14 September 19:30Gullserien | Sølvserie II
Thursday 14 September
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18.45: Edward Gardner in conversation with Julian Anderson
The season’s focus on piano concertos continues with one of the first performances of a new concerto for piano by the British composer Julian Anderson.
Prepare to be taken on an imaginary journey through a series of virtual locations – ‘a cave, a cathedral, a mountaintop, an echoing grove and a tropical thunderstorm’ – courtesy of the concerto’s commissioner Steven Osborne.
Either side of Anderson’s new piece, Edward Gardner conducts two British classics based on the principle of variation. In The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra Benjamin Britten treats a theme by his beloved Henry Purcell both playfully and majestically.
The concert ends with the most famous English piece of all: Elgar’s dazzlingly virtuosic, vividly colorful and deeply moving set of variations on an enigmatic theme.
«Osborne does play the dazzling piano part brilliantly ... and the Bergen Philharmonic plays with the chops of a world class orchestra», Allmusic.com on the recording of Messiaen’s Turangalila Symphony.