BBC Philharmonic - Barber, Gershwin, Copland
From Salford, BBC Philharmonic under Michael Francis. Barber: Medea's Meditation and Dance of Vengeance. Gershwin: Piano Concerto (soloist: Freddy Kempf). Copland: Symphony No 3.
The BBC Philharmonic, conducted by Michael Francis, performs an all-American programme. They are joined by pianist Freddy Kempf.
Live from MediaCityUK, Salford
Presented by Stuart Flinders
Barber: Medea's Meditation and Dance of Vengeance
Gershwin: Piano Concerto
Copland: Symphony No.3
Freddy Kempf (piano)
Michael Francis (conductor)
With music derived from Barber's first work for the theatre, the programme opens with Medea's Meditation and Dance of Vengeance, an unsettling journey from an uneasy tenderness to full-blown anguish. Copland's Third Symphony, which re-visits, in its affirmatory Finale, his "Fanfare for the Common Man" ends the programme. Between these two pieces Freddy Kempf joins the orchestra for a work full of American spirit, Gershwin's Piano Concerto.