Heroic Strauss & Prokofiev Piano Concerto 4
with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Thursday 16 February 2012, 7.30pm
City Halls, Candleriggs, Glasgow G1 1NQ
part of the The Prokofiev Piano Concertos series
Richard Strauss Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche (c.15')
Prokofiev Piano Concerto No.4 (c.25')
Richard Strauss Prelude to Act 1 of 'Guntram' (c.12')
Schumann Symphony No.3 (Rhenish) (c.34')
Denis Kozhukhin piano
Jun Märkl conductor
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
The least known of Prokofiev's piano concertos is a mercurial gem for left hand alone - a real challenge for any pianist, but one Denis Kozhukhin will undoubtedly relish. Strauss's virtuoso depiction of the Rumplestiltskin-like German folk-hero Till Eulenspiegel is one of his most brilliant orchestral showpieces. Composed around the same time, the Act 1 Prelude to his first opera Guntram has a Wagnerian breadth that makes it a fitting introduction to Schumann's 'Rhenish' Symphony with its grand sonic vistas of the Rhineland and Cologne Cathedral.
Prelude: 6.45pm in the Recital Room
Principal players of the BBC SSO [Heather Corbett, percussion; Mark O'Keeffe, trumpet; Julian Roberts, bassoon] discuss the thrills of playing in a broadcasting symphony orchestra, in conversation with BBC Radio Scotland presenter Stephen Duffy (free to ticket-holders).
Post-Concert Coda (approximately 10 minutes after the main concert):
Simon Johnson, the BBC SSO's principal trombone, accompanied by pianist Scott
Mitchell, plays an arrangement of Nino Rota's Concerto for trombone and orchestra.
The concert will be recorded for future broadcast on BBC Radio 3
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.