Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra - Beethoven, Elgar
Live from the Lighthouse, Poole, Vassily Sinaisky conducts the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Beethoven: Piano Concerto No 4 in G (soloist: Kirill Gerstein). Elgar: Symphony No 2.
Vassily Sinaisky conducts the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra in Elgar's Second Symphony. Kirill Gerstein joins them in Beethoven's Fourth Piano Concerto.
Live from the Lighthouse, Poole
Presented by Ian Skelly
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No 4 in G
Elgar: Symphony No 2 in E flat
Kirill Gerstein, piano
Vassily Sinaisky, conductor
With references to the brilliant warmth and light of Italy and the rugged grandeur of the Cornish coast, Elgar's Second Symphony is far more complex and deeply personal than his First. Riddled with doubts, questioning and conflict it reflects not only the true spirit of the age but also the personality of the composer as it meanders from extrovert exuberance to melancholy introversion. Elgar himself stated that "I have written out my soul".
Beethoven imbues his Fourth Piano Concerto with a genuinely romantic voice. It is ardent and melancholy, heroic and ethereal, anguished and whimsical.