Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra – Power and Passion
Sat 6 October 7pm Beethoven Five
PARRY Symphonic Variations
CHOPIN Piano Concerto No.1
BEETHOVEN Symphony No.5
Conductor: Frank Zielhorst
Pianist: Kim Barbier
Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, more than any other work in the musical repertory, is the archetypal example of the technique and content of the form, and has the most famous beginning in all of classical music. It is a work of enormous accumulated energy which propels you harmonically and rhythmically through from the opening gesture to the final glorious cadences. Written to show off his extraordinary talent, Chopin’s E minor Concerto opens with a grand orchestral sweep before the piano enters with a dazzling display of technical virtuosity.
His gift for melody absolutely shining throughout, Chopin treats the piano as an opera singer in a series of lyrical arias, with the orchestra in the pit – dominating proceedings with a series of blazing scales and arpeggios both enthralling and exhausting, and thoroughly infusing the music with Romantic fantasy, colour and verve. A work of tension, suavity, precision and excitement, Parry’s set of variations has some of the best and most imaginative orchestration of any piece in its generally Brahmsian style. Only half the orchestra is used for most of it, so the effect when the whole band suddenly comes in with the biggest tune is stunning.
Sun 21 October 3pm Grand Tour
GRIEG Peer Gynt Suite No.1
MOZART Clarinet Concerto
RIMSKY-KORSAKOV Dance of the Tumblers
BIZET L'Arlesienne Suite No.2
Conductor: Marta Gardolińska
Clarinet: Annelien van Wauwe
Take a trip around Europe with the BSO and our new Leverhulme Young Conductor in Association Marta Gardolińska in a concert featuring a dazzling selection of masterworks by five truly great composers. Commissioned to write a ballet, Ravel incorporated the "bolero" dance into his score which depicts a young sensual gypsy woman launching into a slow, languid dance. Entranced by her movements the other café dancers join in, one by one, until everyone is dancing, with the pace slowly quickening into a dramatic climax. It has the power to mesmerise the senses and quicken the pulse more effectively than any other piece of music.
It is an adagio - central to Mozart’s immaculate Clarinet Concerto – which shows his genius. Listening to it, two things are immediately apparent; the seeming simplicity of the major themes and the seamless interaction between soloist and orchestra. The master of orchestration, Rimsky-Korsakov doesn’t disappoint with his energetic showpiece in which his musical magician’s wand busily showers spells of sparkling sound. Another enchanted world of adventure is brought to life by Grieg and his musical tales including In the Hall of the Mountain King, whilst Bizet’s genius for colour and melody is deftly worked into a charming suite depicting life in Provence.
Sat 26 January 7pm Power and Passion
SIBELIUS Karelia Suite
MENDELSSOHN Violin Concerto
TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No.6 'Pathétique’|
Conductor: Stephen Bell
Violin: Joo Yeon Sir
All the characteristics most highly valued in Tchaikovsky’s music are present in his Sixth Symphony; imaginative orchestration, drama, delicious themes and sweeping emotive power. Whether or not the symphony hides some specific message, hinting at his personal melancholy and untimely death, it is clearly a work of deep and turbulent pathos and remains one of his most endearing. There is perhaps no more popular or beloved violin concerto than Mendelssohn’s masterpiece.
Taking a journey from darkness to light, it begins restless, mysterious and questioning, and ends in a blaze of colour, full of joy and exhilaration, sustained by virtuosic melodies and lively interplay between soloist and orchestra. In 1893 the students of Helsinki University presented a series of ten tableaux depicting episodes from the history of Karelia (once a province of southern Finland), with incidental music by Sibelius. The performance was regarded as an expression of Finnish nationalist sentiment, and received huge patriotic applause. It continues to dominate classic charts with its stirring themes and brooding power.
Sun 24 February 3pm Natural Beauty
The Hebrides Overture
BRAHMS Violin Concerto
DVOŘÁK Symphony No.8
Conductor: Michael Seal
Violin: Chloë Hanslip
Dvořák broke new ground with his Eighth Symphony, a work, as he explained, meant to be “different from the other symphonies, with individual thoughts worked out in a new way.” The music is steeped in the flavour and atmosphere of the Czech countryside. Often described as a sunny work it is much more than that. There are passages of drama, exhilaration,happiness and nostalgia, evoking a wide range of human emotions and profound optimism..
Brahms’ concerto stands as one of the largest and most challenging works in the solo violin repertoire, a piece which shows the two opposite sides of his creative mind – Brahms the song writer and Brahms the symphonist. It is a song for the violin on a symphonic scale – a lyrical outpouring which exercises to the full his great powers of inventive development. Fingal’s Cave conjures up a whole seascape including the grandeur of the cave itself, the swelling of the sea, the light on the water and the fury of the waves breaking on the cliffs. It was one of the first works of music to evoke nature in this way, and remains one of the greatest of its genre.
Sun 10 March 3pm Best of British
Celebrating 90 years of Bournemouth Pavilion
DELIUS On Hearing the First Cuckoo of Spring
WALTON Crown Imperial March
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS The Wasps Overture
ARNOLD English Dances Set 1
WALTON Henry V Suite
Conductor: Stephen Bell
The BSO celebrates the 90th anniversary of the opening of the Pavilion in a special concert featuring the cream of British music from the time. Elgar’s overture (performed at the very first Pavilion concert) is an unashamedly populist portrait of ‘old London town’, complete with references to whistling errand boys, lovers strolling in the park and a marching band. Elgar described the music as “cheerful and Londony – ‘stout and steaky’”. More of London is evoked in Coates’ march made famous as the theme tune for the BBC’s In Town Tonight, but it’s a trip to the country for two bucolic idylls by Delius and Butterworth – each a beautifully crafted gem – and rumbustious suite of English folk dances by Malcolm Arnold.
Vaughan Williams’ scintillating overture to The Wasps, after initial “buzzing” is also a spirited potpourri of attractive folk melodies, humorous and lyrical by turn, and we turn to Walton to provide the pageantry with his rousing coronation march Crown Imperial complete with rousing central maestoso tune, and stirring incidental music to Laurence Olivier’s film of Shakespeare’s Henry V complete with noble fanfares, sombre passacaglia foretelling the death of Falstaff and delicate lullaby Touch Her Soft Lips and Part.
Sun 14 April 3pm Musical Artistry
FAURÉ Pelléas et Mélisande Suite
SHOSTAKOVICH Piano Concerto No.2
MUSSORGSKY Pictures at an Exhibition
Conductor: Victor Aviat
Piano: Alexander Romanovsky
Shostakovich’s Second Piano Concerto stands miles apart from many of his other works in its sense of freedom and abandon. It is a gloriously free, wistful creation; an unrestrained delight from start to finish. In particular, the famous, soulful and heart-rending adagio – one of the most enduringly popular pieces for piano – never fails to stir the heart, opening peacefully and mournfully before the piano enters with pure radiance. Either side of which are two vivacious movements, both full of style and an overwhelming sense of fun.
Mussorgsky’s musical wander through a fictitious gallery of works by his friend Victor Hartmann is a beautifully curated series of miniatures, some intimate, like the love forlorn troubadour in The Old Castle; some grotesque, as with the menacing Hut on Foul’s Legs; and others bursting with grandeur, including the final Great Gate of Kiev – but all imbued with vivid orchestral colour by Ravel’s genius for scoring. No less beautifully painted, Fauré’s exquisite music eschews melodrama, and prefers to make its point in subtly shaded and highly original ways.
Sat 11 May 7pm Hall of Fame
ROSSINI William Tell Overture
BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No.5 'Emperor'
BIZET Carmen Suite
TCHAIKOVSKY 1812 Overture
Conductor: Marta Gardolińska
Piano: Yu Kosuge
Welcome to the Hall of Fame and four works which continually top the charts and remain as popular as ever. Rossini’s overture to William Tellwas the longest he wrote and is often said to foreshadow the tone poems of the coming generation of composers. Included you can hear the fury of a storm, followed by a gentle pastorale which was based on a Swiss ranz des vaches, played by herdsmen on an Alpine horn to call their cattle, and finally on to the most famous motif of all, the heroic ride heralded by the trumpets. The Emperor is the largest in scale of all Beethoven’s concertos.
It is written in a virtuosic style that looks forward to the grand theatrics of Liszt in its full chordal textures and wide dynamic range. Although Beethoven never gave the work its now familiar name, a spirit of spirit of heroism nonetheless infuses the music, whilst the sublime slow movement is one of his most profound. Bizet’s celebrated music to Carmen shows his greatest strengths as an opera composer: the variety and effectiveness of his orchestration, which reveals character at the same time that it underlines the sultry mood of southern Spain – hot and passionate. With Tchaikovsky’s explosive
1812 Overture the evening will definitely finish with a bang!