BBC Symphony Orchestra
12 Nov 2014, Barbican, London & Barbican, London
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BBC SO 2014-15 Season Gershwin, Herrmann and Bartók

BBC Symphony Orchestra
Gershwin, Herrmann and Bartók
Wed 12 Nov 2014 Barbican Hall
Rhapsody in Blue and Herrmann's Psycho suite
Rhapsody in Blue and Herrmann's Psycho suite

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Rhapsody in Blue and Herrmann's Psycho

Kirill Gerstein, with his heart-stopping virtuosity and rare talent for jazz improvisation, is uniquely placed to take on both Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue and Schoenberg’s Piano Concerto, commissioned by the great Gershwin champion Oscar Levant. Gershwin and Schoenberg became neighbours – and tennis partners – in Los Angeles, and what better way to ease us into that post-war Hollywood milieu than Bernard Herrmann’s coruscating Psycho suite, which echoes with Second Viennese School angst? Bartók’s glittering ballet, The Miraculous Mandarin, in which a young girl lures a mysterious mandarin, teems with sonic invention. Young American conductor, James Gaffigan, takes on the work that caused a scandal at its premiere in 1926 but became one of the composer’s best-loved scores.

BBC SO Plus Intro
6.00pm Fountain Room
Professor Peter Franklin (University of Oxford) gives a free introduction to the music in tonight’s concert.

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