Barry Wordsworth conductor
Martin Roscoe piano
Kodály Dances of Galanta
Schumann Piano Concerto in A minor Op.54
Scriabin Symphony No.2 in C minor Op.29
Our season finale opens with another work highly influenced by its composer’s homeland. Zoltan Kodály was commissioned to celebrate the Budapest Philharmonic Society’s 80th anniversary in 1933, writing a highly evocative piece based on folk tunes from his native Galanta, now part of Slovakia.
Martin Roscoe plays Schumann’s Piano Concerto in A minor, completed in 1854 and first performed the following year by Clara Schumann, the composer’s wife. The concerto may have influenced Grieg and Rachmaninov, whose piano concerti were both written in A minor.
Alexander Scriabin’s Second Symphony was written in 1901 and premiered in St Petersburg the following year. Heavily influenced by Tchaikovsky, Strauss and Wagner, it is very conventional in its structure – a brilliant work for a large symphony orchestra and a fitting conclusion to an exciting season.
Before this concert, there will be an interview featuring Peter Back in conversation with pianist Martin Roscoe. See here for more information and to book tickets.