All concerts at The Forum Theatre, Malvern WR14 3HB unless otherwise stated.
Sunday 17 March 2019 • 7:30pm
Conductor: Michael Lloyd
|Berlioz||Overture: Roman Carnival|
|Rachmaninov||Piano Concerto No. 2|
|(soloist: Aydin Önaç)|
|Mahler||Symphony No. 1 "Titan"|
After the untimely arrival of the second “Beast from the East” resulted in the cancellation of our March 2018 concert, Chandos decided that this programme was simply too good not to perform so we have rescheduled it as our first concert of the 2019 season. We were then, and still are, delighted to include the long-awaited return of an old friend to the orchestra — Aydin Önaç — to play one of the most famous and best loved piano concertos of all time, the Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 2. The combination of Aydin with this concerto should make it a memorable occasion.
Starting with the effervescent Roman Carnival by Berlioz, the concert concludes with a spectacular performance of Mahler’s Symphony No. 1. This popular work is written on a large scale and includes a wide range of elements from naturalistic sounds of the countryside, a rustic dance, a funeral march and an exuberant and up-lifting final movement.
Sunday 15 September 2019 • 7:30pm
Conductor: Paul Hoskins
|Sibelius||King Christian II Suite|
|Tubin||Double Bass Concerto|
|(soloist: Toby Hughes)|
|Dvorak||Symphony No. 8|
Over the years Chandos has been fortunate to include some incredibly talented young soloists in our programmes, generally winners of our Young Musician’s Competition. Our soloist in this concert, Toby Hughes, is one of those and here he makes his second appearance with the orchestra. There are not many chances to hear double bass concertos and Chandos is looking forward to hearing him introduce us to another example of this rare repertoire, this time by the Estonian composer Tubin.
The concert begins with Sibelius’ incidental music from a play about the love of King Christian II of Sweden for a Dutch girl and concludes with the completion of Chandos’ musical tour of Eastern Europe with the Symphony No. 8 of the Czech composer Dvorak. This is full of wonderful tunes, including some lively dance passages, before ending with a joyful finale.
Sunday 17 November 2019 • 7:30pm
Conductor: Michael Lloyd
|Berlioz||Overture: Les Francs-Juges|
|Prokofiev||Violin Concerto No. 2|
|(soloist: Roberto Ruisi)|
For the final concert of the 2019 season Chandos is again looking forward to welcoming back another of our previous Young Musician winners. Roberto, who is already making a name for himself, will be playing the Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2. Written for a first performance in Spain, there is a real Spanish feel (complete with castanets!) to the finale.
The evening begins and ends, however, with the music of Berlioz. The overture for his early unfinished opera Les Franc Judges is the only main section that he didn’t destroy, and it is the earliest of his compositions still in the repertoire. By contrast the Symphonie Fantastique is one of his best known works. This is music of wild imagination depicting unrequited love, a ball, a rural scene with distant thunder and nightmarish visions of a March to the Scaffold and a Witches Sabbath. A remarkable work, this piece certainly lives up to its name!