Arvo Pärt - Cantus in memoriam Benjamin Britten
Dimitrios Skyllas - Kyrie eleison -BBC & Onassis Cultural Centre co-commission: world premiere
Sergey Rachmaninov - Piano Concerto No 3 in D minor
This is a concert that lays down roots in ritual and lament, before tearing off into one of the most energetic and quixotic piano concertos ever written. After the meditative stillness of Arvo Pärt's sonic sculpture in memory of a dear colleague, we hear the fruits of the first Greek composer ever commissioned by the BBC SO: Dimitrios Skyllas's Kyrie Eleison.
Rachmaninov's Third Piano Concerto begins with a theme chanted like a prayer, but the concerto soon becomes something altogether more immense, luxurious and heroic - a sensual experience for musicians and audiences alike played here by a pianist who cut his teeth on the work aged 14.
The BBC Symphony Orchestra has played a central role at the heart of British musical life since it was founded in 1930, and is passionately committed to performing 20th-century and contemporary music. The orchestra provides the backbone of the BBC Proms, and performs an annual season of concerts at the Barbican, all of which are broadcast on BBC Radio 3. Highlights in its 2014-15 Season include a complete Nielsen Symphony cycle under the baton of Chief Conductor Sakari Oramo, operas by Dalibor and Bartok, and three Total Immersion days.www.bbc.co.uk/symphonyorchestra
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Date: 11 Feb Time: 19:30