Friday 22 April 2016

Benjamin Grosvenor - directing from the piano for the first time

Benjamin Grosvenor
Benjamin Grosvenor
The pianist Benjamin Grosvenor will make his debut directing a work from the piano on Saturday 23 April 2016 when he performs Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 27 with the Britten Sinfonia at Wiltshire Music Centre, Bradford-upon-Avon. The programme also includes Richard Strauss' Metamorphosen and a new work by Elena Langer, both of which will be directed by the Britten Sinfonia's leader, Jacqueline Shave.

Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 27 is the composer's last piano concerto. The work was premiered in 1791, though Mozart may not have been the pianist. Commentators have varying ideas about when the work was written and it may date from as early as 1788/89. Elena Langer's new work, Story of an Impossible Love is a William Alwyn Foundation commission and features prominent roles for solo violin and oboe as Langer's music imagines a love-story between the two instrument.

After Bradford-upon-Avon the orchestra is presenting the programme at West Road Concert Hall,, Cambridge (27 April), St Andrew's Hall, Norwich (29 April) and Milton Court Concert Hall, London (1 May).

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