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BBC Philharmonic

The BBC Philharmonic, conducted by Ludovic Morlot give the world premiere of Arlene Sierra's 'Nature Symphony'. Jean-Efflam Bavouzet joins them for Bartok's First Piano Concerto.

The BBC Philharmonic, conducted by Ludovic Morlot give the world premiere of Arlene Sierra's 'Nature Symphony'. Jean-Efflam Bavouzet joins them for Bartok's First Piano Concerto.
Recorded at the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
Presented by Tom Redmond

Arlene Sierra: Nature Symphony (world premiere; BBC commission)
Bartok: Piano Concerto No 1

8.20: Music Interval

8.40
Dvorak: Symphony No 8

Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (piano)
BBC Philharmonic
Ludovic Morlot (conductor)

The music of American-born, London-based composer Arlene Sierra beautifully evokes the colour, detail and movement of the natural world and tonight's concert features the world premiere of a piece commissioned by the BBC Philharmonic, her 'Nature Symphony'. The nature theme that starts the concert is reflected in the symphony that ends the programme, Dvorak's Eighth; with its folk-inspired melody and moments of birdsong it is a pastoral symphony in all but name.
Flamboyant French pianist, Jean-Efflam Bavouzet joins the orchestra for Bartok's relentlessly virtuosic First Piano Concerto. So complicated to prepare with the orchestra that the premiere was postponed, the piano part, which Bartok wrote as a vehicle for himself as a performer is full of innovative new effects and timbres which create an entirely new sound-world.

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