BBC Symphony Orchestra
29 Jan 2020, Barbican, London
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BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus 2019-20 Season Garrick Ohlsson performs Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No 3

BBC Symphony Orchestra
Garrick Ohlsson performs Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No 3
19:30 Wed 29 Jan 2020 Barbican, London

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A concert that lays down roots in ritual and lament, before tearing off into one of the most energetic and quixotic piano concertos ever written. After the meditative stillness of Arvo Pärt’s sonic sculpture in memory of a dear colleague, we hear the fruits of the first Greek composer ever commissioned by the BBC SO: Dimitrios Skyllas’s Kyrie Eleison.

Rachmaninov’s Third Piano Concerto begins with a theme chanted like a prayer, but the concerto soon becomes something altogether more immense, luxurious and heroic – a sensual experience for musicians and audiences alike played here by a pianist who cut his teeth on the work aged 14.