Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra
Howard Shelley (conductor/piano)
Schubert Symphony No.8 in B Minor (Unfinished) 
Mendelssohn Piano Concerto No.1 in G Minor Op.25 
Dvořák Symphony No.6 in D Major Op.60 
Conductor and pianist Howard Shelley is always a welcome visitor to Brighton, and here he opens proceedings with Schubert’s ever popular “Unfinished” Symphony No.8. Schubert started composing it in 1822 but put it aside to concentrate on other works, leaving it unfinished at his death six years later. We are left with two remarkable movements that herald the dawn of the Romantic symphony.
Mendelssohn wrote his First Piano Concerto aged just 21 on a trip to Italy (at the same time as composing his “Italian” Symphony). One of the most frequently performed piano concertos of the romantic age, Franz Liszt famously played it at sight in a piano showroom, before going on to perform it many times in public to great acclaim.
Dvořák’s Symphony No.6 incorporates the folk music of Czechoslovakia within a classical Romantic form. Premiered in 1881, the symphony’s rich, lyrical melodies, lively rhythms and colourful orchestral sound contributed greatly towards establishing him as one of the foremost composers of his generation.
Pre-Concert Interview 1.45pm – Howard Shelley in conversation with Louise Schweitzer
Tickets £3.75 are available from Brighton Dome Ticket Office (01273) 709709 or https://brightondome.org/event/14929/brighton_philharmonic_orchestra_pre-concert_interview/
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