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Sun 17 March: Steven Osborne (piano), Barry Wordsworth (conductor)
17 March @ 2:45 pm - 4:45 pm UTC+0
Sunday 17 March 2019 2.45pm
This concert is dedicated to the memory of D V Newbold, CBE
Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra
Barry Wordsworth Conductor
Steven Osborne Piano
Chabrier Joyeuse Marche
Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.3 in D Minor Op.30
Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique Op.14
In this the final concert of our current season Conductor Laureate Barry Wordsworth is joined by Steven Osborne, one of Britain’s most gifted pianists, performing Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No.3, probably one of the great Romantic piano works, familiar to many from the 1996 film Shine, based on the life of pianist David Helfgott.
The concert opens with the aptly named overture – Joyeuse Marche – a march which lives up to its name, by French composer Emmanuel Chabrier. First performed in 1888 this enjoyable work has become one of the most popular overtures performed on the concert platform.
Rachmaninov wrote his third piano concerto in 1909 to showcase his virtuosity for his first American tour, performing it himself at its premiere. It is probably the most challenging and feared of all the piano concertos in the Romantic repertoire, demanding pianistic brilliance of the soloist.
Hector Berlioz wrote his magnificent Symphonie Fantastique in 1830 as an expression of his unrequited love for the Irish actress Harriet Smithson (whom he later married). It is a hugely innovative composition and is one of the great early Romantic works that tells a story. Berlioz himself called it An Episode in the Life of an Artist, in Five Parts.
Encore: For those of you who have asked: Steven Osborne’s encore this afternoon (after his monumental Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.3) was Rachmaninov’s Prelude Op.23 No.4.
The free sheet listing the members of the orchestra at this concert can be downloaded here (as a 2 page pdf document): https://www.brightonphil.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/BPO-PLAYERS-LIST-17-MAR-2019.pdf
Read Artistic Administrator Ian Brignall’s preview of the concert in more depth here: https://www.brightonphil.org.uk/ian-brignall-previews-our-season-finale-sun-17-march/
In this short (under 5 minutes) video Ian chats with conductor Barry Wordsworth about the season finale on Sunday 17 March:
Detailed programme notes for this concert are available to read or download here as a pdf document (with thanks to Peter Back): https://www.brightonphil.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/BPO-PROG-LARGE-PRINT-17-MARCH.pdf
Artistic Administrator Ian Brignall previews the concert in depth here: https://www.brightonphil.org.uk/ian-brignall-previews-our-season-finale-sun-17-march/
In this short (under 5 minutes) YouTube video Barry Wordsworth chats with Artistic Administrator Ian Brignall about the programme: https://youtu.be/XHKw0ZE_ZSY
This concert was dedicated to the memory of Don Newbold, CBE, a long-standing supporter and generous sponsor of the orchestra who passed away last March at the age of 91. You can read an obituary written by his good friend Ron Grief about his fascinating life and career here: https://www.brightonphil.org.uk/d-v-newbold-cbe/
Tickets £12.50-£39.50 (Students/U18s 50% discount) from Brighton Dome Ticket Office (01273 709709) or https://brightondome.org/event/18926/brighton_philharmonic_orchestra/
Discounted parking (just £6 between 1&6pm) available for all BPO concert-goers at NCP Church Street Car Park. Collect a follow on ticket at the concert from the Car Parking stand in the Dome foyer.