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Seraphin Orchestra - Busoni's Piano Concerto

Saturday November 30, 2019 at 19:30
St John's Smith Square, London
£20 (£18, students £15), £15 (£13.50, students £10), £10 (£8)
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  1. Symphonic Dances Op 45 - Sergey Rachmaninov
  2. Concerto for Piano and Orchestra Op 39 - Ferruccio Busoni

This concert brings the mini-series 'Busoni - The Romantic Modernist' to its epic conclusion. Whilst the opening phrases of Busoni's 1904 Piano Concerto conjure up the memory of his mentor Brahms, this is in fact the kind of concerto that his friend Mahler might have written. Lasting well over an hour, it steers a deft path between monumental Teutonic architecture and Latin temperament (including a frenzied visit to the hubbub of the Neapolitan streets), before concluding with a hymn to Allah, by a Danish poet, sung by an off-stage male voice chorus!

Unapologetically immoderate, especially in the demands upon the soloist, this is a rare chance to hear a work which has received only one London performance in the last 30 years. The evening begins with music by Rachmaninoff, Busoni’s pianist-composer rival. The Symphonic Dances, rich with yearning for Pre-Revolutionary Russia, were considered by the composer to be his magnum opus.

The Seraphin Chamber Orchestra was founded in 2017 by Emma and Joy Lisney. It was born out of a desire to perform the rich vein of repertoire for strings,as well as to encourage living composers to write for the ensemble. Seraphin Chamber Orchestra seeks to provide experience for top student players working in a condensed intensive fashion which fits in with their studies, in collaboration with young professionals. The Orchestra also aims to support emerging composers, encouraging them to explore the possibilities of writing for strings and granting them performances of their work in an open-minded culture and by committed players.

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