Preview: BSO’s Echoes of Home

The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra returns to Exeter’s Great Hall on Thursday evening for the final instalment of their 18/19 concert season. This time performing ‘Echoes of Home’, the works of Smetana, Tchaikovsky and Sibelius will be brought to life by this world-class orchestra, under the direction of guest-conductor Jamie Phillips.

Smetana’s Má Vlast comprises of six symphonic poems, each of which depicts an aspect of the Bohemian landscape or history. Vltava, composed in 1874 and the only one of the movements to commonly be performed independently from the others, evokes the sounds of the river that shares its name and the journey it takes from its source in the Šumava Mountains to Prague and beyond.

Tchaikovsky revised his first piano concerto three times between 1874 and 1878, following criticism from friend and pianist Nikolai Rubinstein. The piece brings together folk songs from Ukraine, France and Russia and will be performed by Denis Kozhukhin. Since completing his studies at the Piano Academy at Lake Como in Italy, Russian-born Kozhukhin has established himself as one of the greatest pianists of our generation. The 18/19 season has seen him perform with orchestras and conductors across the world, including his debut at the BBC Proms performing Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with Nicholas Collon and the Aurora Orchestra.

The eagerly anticipated first symphony from Jean Sibelius has been described as “the greatest creation that has originated from [his] pen” and provided the young composer with international acclaim for the first time. Debuted in Helsinki in 1899, the symphony exudes Sibelius’s love for his native country of Finland and his defiance against the oppression it was facing from the Russian Empire.

Rounding off their concert season with these ‘Echoes of Home’ from across the globe, this iconic programme by the BSO is not one to be missed.

– Catherine Edington

 

Photo Credits: Eric Richmond

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