Preview: BSO’s Love and Loss

Following their epic return to the Great Hall stage just a fortnight ago, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra continue their 2019-20 concert season this Thursday night. Celebrated operatic conductor Stephen Barlow will be taking the orchestra under his baton and leading us on a journey of love and loss through the music of Strauss, Beethoven and Prokofiev.

The concert opener, Richard Strauss’ Metamorphosen, is regarded by many as his tribute to the cities of Vienna, Dresden and Berlin. Composed for 23 solo string players, it captures Strauss’ mourning of these beloved cities following their destruction during the Second World War. With such an intimate history surrounding this masterpiece, be sure to arrive at the slightly earlier time of 6:40 to hear ethnomusicology researcher Trevor Wiggins’ thoughts during this week’s pre-concert talk, free to all those who register online.

Described by teacher Sidney Harrison as someone who “simply devours Beethoven”, the audience could not be in better hands than those of British pianist John Lill for a recital of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3. Alongside the BSO, with whom he is long-time friends, Lill will delve into the masterful richness and power of Beethoven’s most complex piano concerto at the time.

Prokofiev’s retelling of the Shakespearian tragedy Romeo & Juliet will provide the dramatic finale to our evening. The BSO will no doubt translate the forbidden love and tragic loss of the infamous tale to the Great Hall stage through their performance of Prokofiev’s iconic and masterful ballet suite.

With student tickets available for just £5, why not take an evening to try something a little different and enjoy an evening with the BSO?

Catherine Edington

Photo Credit: Patrick Baldwin

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