Brett Dean’s Komarov’s Fall is music that sharpens the senses. Its eerie opening requires precise and fearless playing as sparse, icy strings and woodwind glisten in the silence of space. As the tragic drama unfolds, jagged percussion and urgent brass take over the story of the Russian cosmonaut who became a hapless victim of the ruthless 1960s space race.
For a feast of toe-tapping rhythms, joyful dances and cheerful marches, look no further than Szymanowski’s Symphonie Concertante. A cross between a symphony and a piano concerto, it was one of the composer’s favourite pieces. With playful banter between the orchestra and piano, it is energetic and spirited, just like a stage full of teenage musicians.
The finale of the evening is Rachmaninov’s Symphony No.2, the ultimate Russian Romantic symphony. With big, bold melodies and lush, glowing harmonies, this music will smoulder and blaze in a performance of irresistible sparkle and flamboyance.
NYO Teen Fest
St Paul's Roof Pavilion at Royal Festival Hall, 6.30pm – 7.15pm
The first of its kind – a unique meet-and-greet for teenagers, hosted by teenagers that are part of the NYO Young Promoters programme. Over snacks, get the chance to discover the stories behind the music, and chat with NYO Musicians and NYO Young Promoters to explore why orchestral music matters.