Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey may have propelled Strauss’s tone-poem into the stratosphere, but there’s another 35 minutes of glorious orchestral writing to discover once past the shattering evocation of a sunrise. And late-romantic virtuosity is balanced by the witty virtuosity of the programme’s opener, Poul Ruders’ Concerto in Pieces, a BBC commission from 1995 prompted by the tercentenary of Purcell’s death and the 50th anniversary of the premiere of Britten’s Young Person’s Guide (based on a Purcell theme). Ruders writes for the orchestra with astonishing confidence and delight. In between, BBC Symphony Orchestra Principal Trumpet Alan Thomas and the young Uzbek pianist Behzod Abduraimov give us Shostakovich’s sparkling First Piano Concerto from 1933.
- BBC Symphony Orchestra in Valencia23 Oct 2018 Palau de la Música, Valencia
- BBC Symphony Orchestra in Zaragoza24 Oct 2018 Auditorio del Palacio de Congresos de Zaragoza, SPAIN
- BBC Symphony Orchestra in Santander25 Oct 2018 Palacio de Festivales de Cantabria, Santander
- BBC Symphony Orchestra in San Sebastián26 Oct 2018 Kursaal Auditorio San Sebastian, SPAIN