Tuesday 16 August 2011
7.00pm – c10.10pm
Royal Albert Hall

Piano music

  • Aaron Copland

    Fanfare for the Common Man (3 mins)
    • Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    • Andrew Litton conductor
  • Bax

    Symphony No. 2 (39 mins)
    • Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    • Andrew Litton conductor
  • INTERVAL
  • Samuel Barber

    Adagio for strings (8 mins)
    • Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    • Andrew Litton conductor
  • Béla Bartók

    Piano Concerto No. 2 (28 mins)
    • Yuja Wang piano
    • Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    • Andrew Litton conductor
  • INTERVAL
  • Sergey Prokofiev

    Symphony No. 4 in C major (revised version,1947) (37 mins)
    • Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    • Andrew Litton conductor

About this event

Tonight's composers have something, or someone, in common: Boston Symphony Orchestra conductor Serge Koussevitzky.

Copland's Fanfare was later incorporated into his Third Symphony, written for the Koussevitzky Music Foundation, which also commissioned Bartók's Concerto for Orchestra. Bax's Second Symphony was dedicated to the conductor, who also championed Barber's music in the 1940s.

The original version of Prokofiev's Fourth Symphony was commissioned for the BSO's 50th anniversary and premiered under Koussevitzky.

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