Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra
Barry Wordsworth (conductor)
Melvyn Tan (piano)
Elgar In the South (Alassio) Op.50 
Ravel Piano Concerto in G Major 
Rachmaninov Symphony No.2 in E Minor Op.27 
The third concert of the Brighton Phil’s current season at Brighton Dome on Sunday 3 December takes us from the sun-drenched Italian Riviera to the jazz clubs of pre-war America courtesy of three great Romantic composers: Elgar, Ravel & Rachmaninov, in the company of Conductor Laureate Barry Wordsworth and the illustrious pianist Melvyn Tan.
Barry Wordsworth is very much looking forward to the concert: “The Ravel is one of my favourite piano concertos as it shows the genius of this great composer to perfection, and with a soloist we will be so proud to have with us again in Brighton. Three masterworks of the most contrasting mood and character will make up a wonderful afternoon of symphonic music.”
Elgar’s concert overture In the South is a fabulous evocation of a family holiday in Alassio that perfectly captures the delights of an Italian town and the grandeur of the Italian coast.
Sumptuous and punchy, Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G Major is infused with the jazz-age glamour that he experienced on a concert tour of America and in the clubs of Paris – a heady juxtaposition of jazz syncopation and neo-classical elegance.
Epic in scale yet intimate in mood, Rachmaninov’s Second Symphony is surely one of the best loved in the repertoire. Leader of the orchestra, John Bradbury, describes the symphony as “one of the most beautiful symphonies ever written”. Its hauntingly beautiful central theme is one of the most exquisite by a composer noted for his luscious melodies, and ends this concert on a torrent of romantic ecstasy.
Pre-Concert Interview 1.45pm – Melvyn Tan in conversation with Louise Schweitzer
Tickets £3.75 are available from Brighton Dome Ticket Office (01273) 709709 or https://brightondome.org/event/14927/brighton_philharmonic_orchestra_pre-concert_interview/
Concert tickets from £12-£38 are available from Brighton Dome Ticket Office (01273) 709709 or https://brightondome.org/event/14661/brighton_philharmonic_orchestra/