Piano MELVYN TAN
Conductor BARRY WORDSWORTH
BERLIOZ/WEBER Spectre de la Rose/Invitation to the Dance [19 mins]
MASCAGNI Intermezzo [3 mins]
CHOPIN Piano Concerto No.2 [30 mins]
INTERVAL [20 mins]
RIMSKY-KORSAKOV Scheherazade [41 mins]
Our Valentine’s Day concert begins with Berlioz’s orchestral arrangement of Carl Maria von Weber’s piano piece Invitation to the Dance. It was used in a ballet entitled Le Spectre de la Rose by Diaghilev for the famous Ballet Russes.
Mascagni’s Intermezzo from his one-act opera Cavalleria Rusticana contributed to the work’s sensational success from its first performance onwards.
Chopin’s Piano Concerto No.2 has been delighting audiences with its frothy virtuosity and elegance since its first performance in 1830. We are fortunate to welcome Melvyn Tan, one of the foremost pianists of his generation, to perform it for us.
Our romantic concert concludes with Rimsky-Korsakov’s beautiful Scheherazade, based on the story of the Arabian Nights. It quickly became Rimsky-Korsakov’s most popular work with its wonderful orchestral colours, enchanting melodies and oriental magic. Its rhythmic vitality has marked it out as one of the great works of the 19th century and its romantic story has ensured its popularity right up to the present day.
Scheherazade is the piece of music the orchestra has been focussing on in this year’s education programme, with interactive workshops taking place in nine local primary schools during January. Workshop participants and their families are invited to an Open Rehearsal at Brighton Dome on the morning before the concert to hear the piece rehearsed by the full orchestra. For more details about this rehearsal, which is open to all children who are interested in classical music, please contact the Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra by phone on (01273) 6722900 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
You can read Peter Back’s programme notes for the concert here: