Gershwin described the third movement as ‘an orgy of rhythms’. Its catchy energy belies the virtuosity it demands of every member of the orchestra, not just the soloist.
After a quintessentially American concerto comes one of the most enduringly popular British symphonies.
William Walton’s First Symphony is a work of great power, conjuring up vast landscapes tinged with the dark undercurrents of the interwar years.
A critic for the News Chronicle described the reception of the work’s premiere: ‘The applause at the close was overwhelming, and when Mr Walton, a slim, shy young man, came onto the platform he was cheered continuously for five minutes.’
John Wilson, a champion of British and American music ranging from Broadway songs and Hollywood soundtracks to the symphonic repertoire, and Louis Schwizgebel, a young pianist of ‘considerable virtuosity’ (Bachtrack), are the perfect advocates for this vivid programme.
RepertoireRR Bennett: Celebration
Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall at 6pm: Music of Today pre-concert performance. Free but ticketed.
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