Simone Lamsma plays Beethoven's Violin Concerto, after the London premiere of A mirror-fragment by young composer Mark Simpson. The BBC Symphony Orchestra's Tippett cycle continues with the Second Symphony, conducted by Martyn Brabbins.
Tippett: Symphony No 2
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Simone Lamsma (violin)
Martyn Brabbins (conductor)
Mark Simpson is a multi-talented BBC New Generation Artist - both a spectacular clarinettist and a composer creating unique soundworlds. The BBC Symphony Orchestra opened the 2012 Last Night of the Proms with his work, Sparks, and tonight they give the London Premiere of his richly imagined tone-poem A mirror-fragment. The young Dutch star Simone Lamsma is then the soloist in Beethoven's great Violin Concerto. Sir Michael Tippett found inspiration for the Promethean energy and structural force of his Second Symphony in Beethoven's music: the vigorously assertive opening Allegro, and balletic curlicues of the scherzo-like Presto owe much to his hero's example, while the mosaic-like orchestration of the slow movement hint at the shimmering orchestral tapestries Tippett was to explore later in his career. Martyn Brabbins conducts this latest instalment in the BBC Symphony Orchestra's Tippett retrospective.