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Iceland Symphony Orchestra

Classical Music
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Running time: Approx. 1 hour 40 mins (plus 20 min interval)

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Age Recommendation: 7+
Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult aged 18+

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Yan Pascal Tortelier conductor
Jean-Efflam Bavouzet piano

Bizet L’Arlésienne Selection from Suites No.1 & 2
Ravel Piano Concerto for the Left Hand
Thorvaldsdottir Aeriality
Sibelius Symphony No. 1

This atmospheric concert sees the Iceland Symphony Orchestra making its first visit to Nottingham under its charismatic Music Director, Yan Pascal Tortelier. The first half brings Gallic flair and finesse, with a selection from Bizet’s two sparkling suites from L’Arlésienne. Ravel’s Piano Concerto for the Left Hand, composed for one-armed pianist Paul Wittgenstein is a moodier affair, its subterranean opening sounds emerging into a riot of colours that recalls the sunrise of Daphnis and Chloë. The influence of jazz is also felt with jaunty rhythms running throughout.

Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, an award-winning interpreter of Ravel, is our soloist. Anna Thorvaldsdottir is Iceland’s leading living composer and her 2011 piece Aeriality evokes the freedom of gliding through air set against the motion of musical tectonic plates. Its textures set the scene for Sibelius’s First Symphony, whose etched melodies and rugged climaxes put a Finnish timbre on music blending Germanic rigour with Tchaikovskian expression. This symphony’s direct energy and drama ensured its place amongst the greatest turn-of-the-century compositions.

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Free Pre-Concert Talk, 6.20pm
Join Jonathan James in the auditorium before the performance as he introduces the programme.
(Booking not required)