Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra: The European Connection

Mendelssohn The Hebrides Op.26 Fingal’s Cave
Fauré Pavane Op.50
Ravel Piano Concerto in G major
Ravel Mother Goose Suite
Mendelssohn Symphony no.4 in A major Op.90 Italian

Barry Wordsworth conductor
Junyan Chen piano
Robert Gibbs leader

This gorgeous programme, conducted by BPO’s Conductor Laureate Barry Wordsworth, travels from the Inner Hebrides to the Spanish Court, jazzy Paris and on to Italy: music of warmth and lyricism, with a dash of fairy tale magic.

It’s topped and tailed by two favourite works. Mendelssohn’s overture was inspired by his 1829 visit to Staffa Island, capturing the lapping of the Atlantic and echoes of the mysterious cave, named after the Gaelic warrior Finn. He continued working in Italy, starting his Italian symphony. The slow movement reflected a religious procession in Naples; the saltarello and the tarantella animated his fiery outer movements.

Fauré’s immensely popular Pavane entered the repertoire of Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes, evoking princesses of the Spanish Golden Age; and the Pavane of the Sleeping Princess opens Ravel’s delicate Mother Goose Suite, which began life as a set of piano duets. Tom Thumb, Beauty and the Beast and an Enchanted Garden make up this most wondrous of scores. Elegant Paris jazz – as well as a profoundly beautiful slow movement – informs Ravel’s scintillating piano concerto, performed by the 21 year-old virtuoso from Shanghai, Junyan Chen.

When
Sun 13 Feb 2022, 2.45pm
Tickets
£12.50, £19, £27, £33, £39.50*

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