Wednesday November 21
The Great Hall, Exeter University, at 7.30pm
Marta Gardolińska makes her Exeter Concert Season debut conducting the Orchestra in ‘Smooth Classics II’ on Wednesday 21 November. Unwind with a programme of the world’s most relaxing symphonic music, including four incredibly beautiful slow movements from piano concertos performed by internationally renowned pianist Anna Fedorova.
Polish conductor Marta Gardolińska was appointed as the BSO’s Leverhulme Young Conductor in Association earlier this year and performed her first main Season concerts with the BSO on 17 and 18 October in Poole and Portsmouth, stepping in at the last minute for Ben Gernon who was indisposed due to ill health.
Marta’s performances were extremely well-received by both audiences and critics. David Truslove from Classical Source said “it all blazed gloriously though and left in no doubt that Gardolińska is a highly promising and exciting conductor”, and Andy Martin from the Daily Echo said “it’s unlikely that any newcomer to this special post has received such rapturous appreciation”.
Anna Fedorova will be joining Marta and the Orchestra to perform the slow movements from Piano Concertos by Shostakovich, Rachmaninov, Mozart and Beethoven. Born In Ukraine in 1990, Anna Fedorova’s international concert career took off when she was only a child.
At the age of 16 she made her debut at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam playing Chopin’s Piano Concerto No.2, she has now performed there more than 30 times. Audience around the world have been stunned by the depth and power of her musical expression.
Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on ‘Greensleeves’ is an exquisite four minute orchestral miniature that was inspired by the traditional English folk song and tuneGreensleeves that was extremely popular during the Tudor period. Williams’ once said that “the art of music above all arts is the expression of the soul of the nation”, and in this piece Williams’ captures the essence of England in music. The lyrical string writing and descriptive flute passages evoke images of serene pastoral bliss.
The Orchestra will also be performing the second movement, andante cantabile, from Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony. The initial reaction to this symphony was muted, at best. After his death, however, the work grew in popularity and both audiences and critics acknowledged Tchaikovsky’s great skill as an orchestrator and now it is one of his most famous pieces.
Other works featured in this concert include Intermezzo from Bizet’s Carmen, Ravel’s Pavane, Sibelius’ Valse Triste and Dvořák’s Serenade for Strings.
Ticket Prices: £40 / £34 / £26 / £22 / £16 (prices include booking fees but additional postage charges are payable for tickets sent out; concessions available; generous discounts available when booking 4 concerts or more)
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Philip R Buttall