Great Hall, Aberystwyth Arts Centre | £18 (£16) | 8PM
Orion Orchestra with guest performers from the string courses and Philomusica
Toby Purser (conductor) Tom Poster (piano)
Mozart Symphony No 32 in G, K418
Kenneth Hesketh Concerto Salmigondis
Mozart Piano Concerto No 23 in A, K488
Rachmaninov Vocalise, Op 34 No 14
Brahms Hungarian Dance Book 1 No 4
Mozart’s symphony no 32 is quite brief, with its three movements being played without a break, but it is full of attractive melodic ideas that shows Mozart at his most inventive.
Ken Hesketh’s Concerto Salmigondis was the result of a commission from the Britten Sinfonia Academy, which gave the work its first performance in July 2016. The French word Salmigondis means a mixture of disparate ingredients as in a dish such as paella but is often used figuratively. In this case, the mixture is of the different forms typically found in the movements of a concerto grosso – one of the terms of the commission was that the work should be inspired by some aspect of the work of Handel.
Between 1782 and 1786, Mozart wrote 14 glorious piano concertos mostly intended for performance by himself. Numbers 22, 23 and 24 were written for a series of concerts in Lent 1786; No 23 was an immediate success and has remained popular to the present day thanks to its beautiful melodies and wistful character.
Rachmaninov’s Vocalise has become one of his most loved pieces. Originally written for wordless soprano or tenor and piano, it will be heard in this concert in the composer’s own arrangement for orchestra.
The 21 Hungarian Dances that Brahms wrote in the late 1860s proved immensely popular and provided him with financial stability for the rest of his life. Their tunefulness and liveliness make them ideal pieces for ending a concert or a festival.
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