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Iceland Symphony Orchestra with Yan Pascal Tortelier and Jean-Efflam Bavouzet

Saturday February 8, 2020 at 19:30
Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham
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  1. L'Arlesienne Suite No 2 - Georges Bizet
  2. Concerto for piano left hand and orchestra - Maurice Ravel
  3. Aeriality - Anna Thorvaldsdottir
  4. Symphony No 1 in E minor Op 39 - Jean Sibelius

This atmospheric concert sees the Iceland Symphony Orchestra making its first visit to Nottingham under its charismatic Music Director, Yan Pascal Tortelier. The first half brings Gallic flair and finesse, with Bizet’s sparkling Second Suite from L’Arlésienne. Ravel’s Piano Concerto for the left hand, composed for one-armed pianist Paul Wittgenstein is a moodier affair, its subterranean opening sounds emerging into a riot of colours that recalls the sunrise of Daphnis and Chloë. The influence of jazz is also felt with jaunty rhythms running throughout. Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, an award-winning interpreter of Ravel, is our soloist. Anna Thorvaldsdottir is Iceland’s leading living composer and her 2011 piece Aeriality evokes the freedom of gliding through air set against the motion of musical tectonic plates. Its textures set the scene for Sibelius’s First Symphony, whose etched melodies and rugged climaxes put a Finnish timbre on music blending Germanic rigour with Tchaikovskian expression. This symphony’s direct energy and drama ensured its place amongst the greatest turn-of-the-century compositions.

Pre-concert talk, 6.20pm in the auditorium: Jonathan James introduces the programme.

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