Jonathan Lloyd New work for Strings (RoyalPhilharmonic Society Elgar Bursary commission: world premiere) Brahms Piano Concerto No 1 Tippett Symphony No 4
BBC Symphony Orchestra Sir Andrew Davis conductor Stephen Hough piano
Our Artist in Focus, Stephen Hough, returns to perform Brahms’s tumultuous first Piano Concerto
with Sir Andrew Davis. Hough has written of the ‘burst of utter, natural, divine genius’ that propels this concerto, ‘it’s flame flares with such intensity, and such promise of more to come, that I find myself overwhelmed by it’. As part of our Tippett retrospective, we come to his fourth and final symphony, which follows a life-cycle from birth to death in a single movement, complete with breathing effects; an astonishing example of the imaginative vitality of the composer’s late years. Jonathan Lloyd, whose own fourth symphony was written for the BBC SO, makes a welcome return with a new work for strings.
Running time TBC
BBC SO Plus Family 6pm, Fountain Room An introduction to concert-going for families