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Stephen Hough Plays Rachmaninov
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Stephen Hough Plays Rachmaninov

Date: Fri 27 May
Time: 19:30
BBC Symphony Orchestra

BBC Symphony Orchestra
Alpesh Chauhan conductor
Stephen Hough piano

Star pianist Stephen Hough plays Rachmaninov's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini while Alphesh Chauhan conducts Bruckner's unfinished final symphony.

In his most famous work, Sergei Rachmaninov pits piano against orchestra in a witty, bolshie and wickedly entertaining dual. Who wins? Find out as Stephen Hough takes on this remarkable piece.

Anton Bruckner's last, unfinished symphony was intended as his great spiritual autobiography. Even from the three movements the composer did finish, we experience intense power, cataclysmic terror and exquisite tenderness. Fate decreed that the symphony would end with music apparently slow enough to stop time itself - a great, transfiguring Adagio that forms Bruckner's epitaph.

To begin Alphesh Chauhan's Barbican debut, we premiere Richard Baker's orchestral reimagining of a scene from Alfred Hitchcock's 1956 thriller The Man Who Knew Too Much.

In his most famous work, Sergei Rachmaninov pits piano against orchestra in a witty, bolshie and wickedly entertaining dual. Who wins? Find out as Stephen Hough takes on this remarkable piece.

Anton Bruckner's last, unfinished symphony was intended as his great spiritual autobiography. Even from the three movements the composer did finish, we experience intense power, cataclysmic terror and exquisite tenderness. Fate decreed that the symphony would end with music apparently slow enough to stop time itself - a great, transfiguring Adagio that forms Bruckner's epitaph.

To begin Alphesh Chauhan's Barbican debut, we premiere Richard Baker's orchestral reimagining of a scene from Alfred Hitchcock's 1956 thriller The Man Who Knew Too Much.

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The BBC Symphony Orchestra has been at the heart of British musical life since it was founded in 1930. It plays a central role in the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall, including performing at the First and Last Night each year. It performs an annual season of concerts at the Barbican in London where it is Associate Orchestra. It is committed to contemporary music, demonstrated by a range of premieres each season as well as Total Immersion days devoted to specific composers or themes. Its enviable roster of conductors includes Chief Conductor Sakari Oramo, Principal Guest Conductor Dalia Stasevska, holder of the Günter Wand Conducting Chair Semyon Bychkov, Conductor Laureate Sir Andrew Davis and Creative Artist in Association Jules Buckley.

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