Yutaka Sado conductor
Angela Hewitt piano
Mozart Overture: The Marriage of Figaro
Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4
Sibelius Symphony No. 2
Making her first Nottingham Classics appearance is Canadian pianist Angela Hewitt. Recognised as the pre-eminent interpreter of J S Bach’s keyboard music, she’s also a prolific recording artist, and the winner of both a Gramophone award for Artist of the Year and a BBC Radio 3 Listeners’ Award. She performs Beethoven’s most poetic concerto, whose softly-spoken opening is a world away from its near contemporary, the Fifth Symphony. In its richly contrasting expression and agile changes of pace it’s no less revolutionary, redefining what a Romantic concerto could be. A visit to Italy gave Sibelius the inspiration for his Second Symphony, envisaged as a tone poem on the life of Don Juan. Ironically it became an emblem of Finnish nationalism, a vision of his homeland that’s expansive and determined, with a radiantly uplifting finale.
Free pre-concert talk at 6.30pm in the auditorium with Angela Hewitt in conversation
20 minutes after the main performance.
Free admission to Vienna Tonkünstler Orchestra ticket holders.
£4 for non-ticket holders
Xenia Pestova (piano) and Shawn Mativetsky (tabla)
Canadian tabla player Shawn Mativetsky joins the University of Nottingham’s Director of Performance, pianist Xenia Pestova, in this colourful performance which combines the intimacy of Indian music with contemporary Western classical music techniques. The programme also includes pieces by the University of Nottingham’s Director of Composition, Elizabeth Kelly, and university music students.
Free pre-concert talk at 6.30pm in the auditorium with Angela Hewitt in conversationFees £2 for online bookings or £3 for phone & counter sales applies per transaction.
Venue: Royal Concert Hall
Running time: 2 hours 10 minutes
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