Basingstoke Symphony Orchestra String Workshop
Saturday 12th May 10.00am - 3.30pm
Beethoven Egmont Overture
Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1 in Bb minor
Scotchmer Valse Tragigue (from Symphony No. 2)
Brahms Symphony No. 3 in F major.
This concert is a true treasure chest of some of the most cherished classical music ever written. Beethoven's powerful Egmont Overture, written as part of his incidental music for a revival of Goethe's tragedy, gets the evening off to a stirring start. Dynamic, award-winning Russian pianist Yulia Chaplina returns to the Anvil stage to perform Tchaikovsky's ever-popular Bb minor Piano Concerto. Stephen Scotchmer's beautiful and poignant Valse Tragique, a movement from his Second Symphony, is a tribute to the victims of the Bataclan attack in Nov. 2015, in particular to Antoine Leirio who lost his wife Hélène in the atrocity but whose words, humanity and incredible mental strength following the tragedy were truly inspirational - a moving and fitting piece to mark Remembrance Day. An especially genial warmth pervades the whole of Brahms's Third Symphony, rising in the first and fourthmovements to some climaxes of real passion.