“You’ll not get a wild heroic ride to heaven on pretty little sounds”. That’s what Charles Ives’s father told him, and there isn’t a piece in this concert that makes the smallest compromise in its determination to peel back your preconceptions and redefine your ideas about how an orchestra can sound. Frank Zappa meets Pierre Boulez on the 1980s New York underground, and Julian Anderson opens his “imaginary museum”, as pianist Steven Osborne brings a dazzling new piano concerto to Scotland. And then Ives throws everything he has at an anarchic, ecstatic celebration of his New England boyhood – motto: “All the wrong notes are right”. It could have been written for Ilan Volkov.
Please Note: there will be two intervals - the first of approximately 20 minutes; the second of approximately 15 minutes.
Prelude: 6.45pm in the Recital Room Professor Peter Nelson, from the University of Edinburgh, introduces the concert (free to ticket-holders, subject to seating availability).
The concert is to be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3, presented by Kate Molleson.
Image of Ilan Volkov © James Mollison