Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra: 2017/18 Season
The renowned orchestra returns, with some of the finest music making on the south coast.
Howard Shelley conductor/piano
Schubert Symphony No 8 in B minor, ‘Unfinished’
Mendelssohn Piano Concerto No 1 in G minor, Op 25
Dvořák Symphony No 6 in D major, Op 60
Conductor and pianist Howard Shelley is always a welcome visitor to Brighton; here he opens proceedings with Schubert’s ever popular ‘Unfinished’ Symphony, the two movements of which herald the dawn of full-blown Romanticism.
Mendelssohn wrote his First Piano Concerto aged just 21, and its urgent, irrepressible opening seethes with the dynamism of impetuous youth. One of the great vehicles for the piano virtuoso, it is the perfect showcase for the dazzling technique that has made Howard Shelley one of the country’s truly great artists.
The folk music of Dvořák’s native Czechoslovakia provided the inspiration his Sixth Symphony, a work of rich melodies, lively rhythms and vivid orchestral colour. Lush and confident, it provides a fitting conclusion for a programme that charts the evolution of the Romantic symphony.
Before this concert, there will be an interview featuring Louise Schweitzer in conversation with pianist and conductor Howard Shelley in the Brighton Musuem Education Pavilion. Click here to find out more.