Eun Sun Kim - conductor
Benjamin Grosvenor - piano
Two works full of memorable melodies frame Liszt's bold and thrilling concerto, a fitting showpiece for the talent of pianist Benjamin Grosvenor.
WAGNER Siegfried Idyll
LISZT Piano Concerto No. 1
DVORÁK Symphony No. 9, From the New World
Hailed as "a major star" by the New York Times, Korean conductor Eun Sun Kim takes the helm for a musical journey across the Atlantic.
In Dvorák's best-loved masterpiece, his trademark Czech style is tinged with the spirit of the Native American and African-American music he came to love and admire during his time in the United States. The symphony packs drama, excitement and hope into one unforgettable work. From the quietly optimistic melody of the Largo to the blazing finale, it's easy to see why this piece has been hugely popular ever since its New York premiere in 1893.
Wagner composed the Siegfried Idyll as a birthday present for his wife, after the birth of their son Siegfried. With its tender melodies and references to private family moments, it gives us a rare glimpse of this giant of the opera house in a more domestic mode.
In contrast, Liszt's First Piano Concerto is bold, thrilling and almost symphonic in scale. It is the perfect showpiece for the talent of British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor, spanning the full expressive range of the instrument in the space of just 20 minutes.
Please note this concert starts at 5pm.
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