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Sinfonia Viva with Duncan Ward and Clare Hammond (piano)

Wednesday November 29, 2017 at 19:30
Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham
£35 - £10; concessions for multibuy packages, groups, Go card holders and families
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  1. Symphony No 1 in D, 'Classical' Op 25 - Sergey Prokofiev
  2. Concerto for piano and orchestra No 2 in A minor Op 85 - Johann Nepomuk Hummel
  3. No 2: Scene with cranes, from Kuolema Op 44 - Jean Sibelius
  4. Symphony No 4 in A, 'Italian' Op 90 - Felix Mendelssohn

One of the greatest virtuosos of his day, Johann Nepomuk Hummel was also a composer who rivalled Beethoven, and his output included some impressive piano concertos. This performance from Sinfonia Viva offers the rare chance to experience his dazzling Second Concerto, a free-running precursor to the Romanticism of Chopin and Mendelssohn. Nottingham’s own Clare Hammond, described by The Telegraph as a pianist of “amazing power and panache” is just the soloist to ignite its fireworks.

The rest of the programme is a box of contrasting delights, from the high spirits of Prokofiev’s First Symphony to Sibelius's mist-shrouded miniature, Scene with Cranes. Very different in mood, though no less scenic, is Mendelssohn’s Fourth Symphony. Inspired by his trip to Italy in 1830, it packs a grand tour into thirty minutes, revelling in the sun-drenched landscape and atmospheric ancient sites, and dancing through its effervescent finale.

Free pre-concert talk, 6.30pm in the auditorium: Clare Hammond in conversation.

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