Preview: BSO Concert ‘Smooth Classics’ 23rd November @ The Great Hall

The theme for this week’s concert performed by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, departing from the performance of entire symphonic works of previous weeks, assembles a palette of composers to create a varied programme. The immortal melodies of Grieg’s ‘Peer Gynt’, Debussy’s ‘Claire de Lune’, and Dvořák’s ‘Symphony No. 9’ or ‘New World Symphony’ will all make appearances, with their best-known movements set to take centre stage.

Following no particular chronology, the concert will open with the piece synonymous with spring, idyllic mornings, and pastoral scenes: Edvard Grieg’s ‘Morning’ from his 1875 incidental composition Peer Gynt. This will be followed by the shepherd’s song from Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6, composed between 1802-1808 and widely known as the ‘pastoral symphony’. Moving forward nearly a hundred years, the orchestra will play the ‘Intermezzo’ from Mascagni’s one act opera Cavalleria Rusticana, which premiered in Rome in 1890 to a half-empty theatre. Moving from the operatic to the dramatic stage, the orchestra will play ‘Nocturne’ from Felix Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the overture of which appeared in 1826, with incidental music not to follow for another twenty years, shortly before his death. Two movements by Mozart will follow in the form of his ‘Flute & Harp Concerto – andantino and Clarinet Concerto – adagio’. The soloists for the flute and harp are Anne Pyne and Eluned Pierce respectively. Edward Kay is on oboe, and Kevin Banks is the solo clarinettist.

From Mozart to the slightly lesser known composer Christoph Willibald Gluck’s Elysian piece ‘Dance of the Blessed Spirits’ from his 1762 opera, Orfeo ed Euridice. The great Venetian composer Tomaso Albinoni’s ‘Oboe Concerto No. 2 – adagio’ will follow, before the no doubt hotly anticipated largo movement from Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9. The concert will conclude with Debussy’s enduringly beautiful ‘Claire de Lune’ and Fauré’s ‘Pavane’. All of these pieces are set to add up to a running time of approximately two hours.

The orchestra this week will be under the baton of Victor Aviat, winner of the Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award in 2014, and alumnus of musical academies in Paris, Geneva and Zurich, and founder of the Orchestra Zurich. Since starting his young career, Aviat has conducted the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Luxembourg, and the Orchestre National de Lille, and is best known for bringing Offenbach’s neglected opera Le Roi Carotte to the Opera de Lyon, a production that received outstanding reviews across Europe.

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There are a very limited number of tickets remaining for the performance, ranging in price from £16 to £40. The concert begins at 7:30pm in the University Great Hall.

– by Thomas Gordon-Colebrooke

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