Osborne plays Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.4
with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Thursday 25 October 2012, 7.30pm
City Halls, Candleriggs, Glasgow G1 1NQ
part of the Muzyka Polska series
Bacewicz Concerto for String Orchestra (c.14')
Beethoven Piano Concerto No.4 (c.33')
Vaughan Williams Symphony No.3 (A Pastoral Symphony)* (c.34')
Steven Osborne piano
Ruby Hughes soprano*
Andrew Manze conductor
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
No British composer was better equipped to write a ‘pastoral' symphony than Ralph Vaughan Williams - or so you'd think. But Vaughan Williams's Third was conceived to the sound of a bugle call on the Western Front, and its haunted fields are those of Flanders, not Gloucestershire. Associate Guest Conductor Andrew Manze reaches the next landmark in his Vaughan Williams cycle, and introduces Grażyna Bacewicz's bracing Concerto for String Orchestra of 1948, a burst of neo-classical energy from a troubled era. Beethoven ties the two together: Steven Osborne's profound musical intelligence should uncover new depths as he embarks on a cycle of the composer's piano concertos, beginning with the most personal - and enigmatic - of the works.
Prelude: 6.45pm in the Recital Room
To launch the Beethoven Piano Concerto Cycle, Steven Osborne talks with Andrew Manze about the composer and his piano works (free to ticket holders - limited seating availability).
Post-Concert Coda (approximately 10 minutes after the main concert)
Brass players from the BBC SSO perform Malcolm Arnold's Quintet for Brass.
The main concert is scheduled to be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 - presented by Martin Handley.
How to get there
- The nearest subway station is St Enoch, which is approximately a ten-minute walk from the venues.
- Many local service buses pass close by City Halls and the Old Fruitmarket, either along Trongate or Glassford Street. Most are operated by First Bus.
- Queen Street and Central Stations are a ten-minute walk from the venues. For information on rail travel within the UK, National Rail is the official source for all rail information, train times and timetables.
- On the M8 motorway, take junction 15, turn left onto Castle Street following signs for the Royal Infirmary/East Kilbride/A730. Castle Street becomes High Street and at the fourth set of traffic lights, turn right onto Ingram Street. Candleriggs is the second street on the left. The nearest car parks is the Q-Park on Albion Street which offers parking deals for our customers – call the box office on 0141 353 8000 for more details.
- The Grand Hall at City Halls is accessible to those with mobility difficulties. A lift from the Candleriggs entrance gives access to all levels. Our Concert Halls are fitted with infra-red assisted hearing systems which are specially designed for use in large auditoria. Please notify the Box Office when booking.