Wednesday 1 August
Plymouth Guildhall at 7.30pm
On Wednesday 1 August, relax and unwind at Plymouth Guildhall with a concert of some of the most beautiful classical music ever written. The concert will see BSO Leverhulme Young Conductor in Association, Victor Aviat leading the Orchestra, in a concert of ‘soothing classical music’, with music by Dvořák, Grieg and Beethoven, among others.
To open the concert, the BSO will perform Morning from Grieg’s Peer Gynt, written in 1875, to accompany Henrik Ibsen’s play of the same name. Grieg later extracted eight movements from Peer Gynt to form two suites and these are most commonly performed today.
Morning alternates between the flute and oboe as it depicts the rising of the sun in Act 4, Scene 4 of Ibsen’s play, which finds Peer Gynt stranded in the Moroccan desert after his companions took his yacht and abandoned him there while he slept.
Dvořák’s Largo from Symphony No.9 was written in 1893, whilst he was working in America and it is arguably his most popular symphony. Dvořák’s Largo is both an emotional lament and an unforgettable tune. Largo is perhaps now best known for its appearance in the ‘Boy on the bike’ television advert for Hovis bread, directed by Ridley Scott.
Mascagni was 27 when Cavalleria Rusticana, his one act opera, won the Sonzogno Publisher Prize for best opera in 1890. Translated as ‘Rustic Chivalry’, Cavalleria Rusticana explores themes of love, jealousy and revenge.
This opera contains one of the most famous pieces of classical music- the Intermezzo. There are no words to accompany this part of the opera but instead it is a short piece of orchestral music used by the composer to denote the passage of time.
Mascagni’s Intermezzo is delicately sentimental with its heavenly hearts and the hint of church music in the orchestral weave and represents the moment of calm in an otherwise emotionally tumultuous opera.
Other works featured in this relaxing concert include Beethoven’s Shepherd’s Song from Symphony No.6, Gluck’s Dance of the Blessed Spirits, Handel’s Largo from Xerxes and Rachmaninov’s Vocalise.
In the meantime, if you’re out of the city at the start of August, you can still catch the same programme from the BSO, but it’ll mean a drive up to Barnstaple, where they’re playing on Thursday 17 July in the Queen’s Theatre at 7.30pm
However, if you’re unable to make either event, then I’m afraid it’s another long wait until the BSO are back in the area, when they return to Plymouth on Thursday 7 February, 2019 for their ‘Natural Beauty’ concert, conducted by guest conductor Michael Seal.
The Orchestra will perform works by Dvořák and Mendelssohn, and is joined by internationally acclaimed violinist Nick Feng who will be playing Brahms’ Violin Concerto. For more information, please visit BSOlive.com.
Ticket Prices: £20 – £16 (concessions available)
To Book Tickets: Please visit BSOlive.com or visit or call the Plymouth Theatre Royal on 01752 267222
Philip R Buttall
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