Barry Wordsworth Conducts Thomas Carroll: Elgar's Cello Concerto

March

29

Sunday

Our final concert of this season sees the Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra performing in all its glory with Conductor Laureate Barry Wordsworth joined by regular guest artist Thomas Carroll.

Glinka Valse-Fantaisie
Elgar Cello Concerto in E Minor Op.85
Tchaikovsky Suite No.3 in G Major Op.55

This afternoons programme is unashamedly romantic, starting with the fabulous Valse Fantaisie overture by Glinka. Initially written for the piano and only orchestrated 20 years later, this piece was heavily influenced by his time studying in Italy, although based on folk-tunes gathered in his native Russia. Though very melodic and beautifully constructed, it is rather pensive in character.

Barry is joined by one of our favourite guest artists, the cellist Thomas Carroll, who will perform Elgars magnificent Cello Concerto, possibly one of the greatest cello concertos ever written. Commissioned in 1900 Elgar wrote and completed the concerto whilst living in Brinkwells cottage in Fittleworth, West Sussex. Made famous by a superb recording by Jacqueline du Pr in the 1960s, it has become one of the most popular concertos and a classical best seller.

Originally conceived as a symphony, Tchaikovskys Suite No.3 closes our season. Tchaikovsky wrote this tuneful work, complete with a brilliant set of variations as its fourth movement, early on in his career. It had a rapturous first performance, with audience and critics alike complementing the skill and melodic brilliance of its composition.

Discounted parking (just 6) available at NCP Church Street Car Park between 1-6pm

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