Barry Wordsworth conductor
Melvyn Tan piano
Elgar In the South (Alassio) Op 50
Ravel Piano Concerto in G major
Rachmaninov Symphony No 2 in E minor, Op 27
From the sun-drenched Italian Riviera to the jazz clubs of pre-war America, the Brighton Philharmonic journeys through spectacular musical scenery in this evocative programme.
Elgar’s concert overture In the South is a fabulous evocation of a family trip in Alassio that perfectly captures both holiday memories and the grandeur of the Italian coast. Sumptuous and punchy, Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G major is infused with the jazz-age glamour that he experienced on a concert tour of America and in the clubs of Paris. Melvyn Tan returns to Brighton to explore this heady juxtaposition of jazz syncopation and neo-classical elegance.
Epic in scale yet intimate in mood, Rachmaninov’s Second Symphony is surely one of the best loved in the repertoire. Its hauntingly beautiful central theme is one of the most exquisite by a composer noted for his luscious melodies, and ends this concert on a torrent of romantic ecstasy.
Before this concert, there will be an interview featuring Louise Schweitzer in conversation with Pianist Melvyn Tan in the Brighton Musuem Education Pavilion. Click here to find out more.