Romeo & Juliet Overture
Piano Concerto in A minor
Two of the world’s most immediately recognisable, popular and emotionally rewarding orchestral masterpieces together with a thrilling contemporary work bringing the dance club into the concert hall to celebrate this year’s Culture Night for a vibrant rollercoaster of a ride.
Tchaikovsky’s setting of Shakespeare’s ‘star-cross’d lovers’ Romeo and Juliet was informed as much by a real-life tragedy, the suicide of the composer’s 19-year-old cousin with whom he had once been infatuated. The result is a masterly, deeply moving response to the agonies and ecstasies of forbidden love that makes resplendent use of the orchestra’s rich resources. High drama and soaring passions go brilliantly hand in hand with the most ravishing of love themes at its heart.
Themes from Grieg’s only Piano Concerto have been borrowed for everything from film soundtracks and Broadway musicals to pop songs and even a famous sketch by British comedy duo Morecambe and Wise featuring the conductor André Previn. From the thunderous timpani roll of its commanding beginning to the haunting lyricism of the melting melody at its heart and its effusive finale, it seems all the more remarkable for being the first time Grieg wrote for orchestral forces.
Matthew Hindson’s Speed is a vibrant rollercoaster of a ride taken at full throttle. With blazing brass and percussion to the fore, it borrows the extreme rhythmic energy and hypnotizing repetition of Techno music, incorporating it into an orchestral setting that grabs you from the very first note and doesn’t let go until you reach the very last, perhaps a little exhausted but certainly elated.
National Concert Hall
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