Steven Osborne (piano) & The Brighton Phil




Sunday 17 March 2019 / 2.45pm

This concert is dedicated to the memory of D V Newbold, CBE

Barry Wordsworth Conductor
Steven Osborne Piano

ChabrIer Overture: Joyeuse Marche
Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.3 in D Minor Op.30
BerlIoz Symphonie Fantastique Op.14

In this the final concert of our current season Conductor Laureate Barry Wordsworth is joined by Steven Osborne, one of Britains most gifted pianists, performing Rachmaninovs Piano Concerto No.3, probably one of the great Romantic piano works, familiar to many from the 1996 film Shine, based on the life of pianist David Helfgott.

The concert opens with the aptly named overture - Joyeuse Marche - a march which lives up to its name, by French composer Emmanuel Chabrier. First performed in 1888 this enjoyable work has become one of the most popular overtures performed on the concert platform.

Rachmaninov wrote his third piano concerto in 1909 to showcase his virtuosity for his first American tour, performing it himself at its premiere. It is probably the most challenging and feared of all the piano concertos in the Romantic repertoire, demanding pianistic brilliance of the soloist.

Hector Berlioz wrote his magnificent Symphonie Fantastique in 1830 as an expression of his unrequited love for the Irish actress Harriet Smithson (whom he later married). It is a hugely innovative composition and is one of the great early Romantic works that tells a story. Berlioz himself called it An Episode in the Life of an Artist, in Five Parts.

Tickets 12.50-39.50 (50% student/under 18 discount, children just 1) are available from Brighton Dome Ticket Office, 01273 709709,

Discounted parking for concert-goers is available in the NCP Church Street Car Park just 6 between 1pm and 6pm. Simply collect a follow-on ticket at the concert.

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