Symphonic Dances: III

Wednesday 12 May 2010 at 7.30pm

Symphony Hall, Birmingham +44 (0)121-780 3333

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Andris Nelsons  conductor
Lars Vogt  piano

Maskats: Tango 12′
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4 34′
Rachmaninov: Symphonic Dances 35′

Andris Nelsons kicks up a real song and dance. In American exile, Rachmaninov summed up his life’s work in one extraordinary masterpiece. His Symphonic Dances evoke a fantastic dream-world of half-remembered melodies, ghostly waltzes and driving jazz rhythms. But more to the point, they’re pure Rachmaninov – and that means high romance and glorious tunes. If you love his piano concertos, you’ll be spellbound. And if you love Beethoven’s piano concertos – well, you won’t need any persuasion to hear the most songful and poetic of the lot, played by the masterly Lars Vogt. Meanwhile, who’d have thought that the very first piece of music Nelsons brings us from his native Latvia would be the wonderfully evocative Tango, by his friend Arturs Maskats?

Post-concert talk, c.9.15pm
Stay late for a post-concert conversation with Andris Nelsons and Stephen Maddock.

Review by Christopher Morley, Birmingham Post:

“The idea of a full-blown, sultry Argentian tango being written by a composer from the chilly Baltic might appear somewhat unlikely. But Tango by Latvian composer Arturs Maskats made a lively and impressive curtain-raiser to this CBSO concert, vividly scored, clearly structured, with a soul-baring backstreet melody interweaved by counter subjects like dancers’ ankles intertwining.” …

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