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Fireworks and Fantasies

BBC Symphony Orchestra/Lintu

Alexander Malofeev playing the piano, with circular blue swirls around him

Alexander Malofeev plays Prokofiev, and Hannu Lintu conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra in colourful showpieces by Adams and Stravinsky – plus a Bernard Rands world premiere.

It's all about colour, as three master-entertainers put on a show. The young Prokofiev dazzles the crowds in jazz-age Europe; Stravinsky’s nightingale spins a fabulous song and John Adams makes supercharged mischief with the most basic elements of western music. First, though, a major new statement from a living master: the world premiere of Bernard Rands’s Symphonic Fantasy.

Coming from an artist of Rands’s stature, that’d be enough in itself to make this concert a special occasion: a powerful tribute to Sibelius from a composer with a voice that’s entirely his own. That calls for sonic fireworks: and with the phenomenal Alexander Malofeev at the piano, and conductor Hannu Lintu making a very welcome return, Prokofiev’s Third Piano Concerto should light up the sky.   

This performance will finish at approximately 9.45pm, including a 20-minute interval

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