Woking Symphony Orchestra
- Saturday 22 June 2019 at 7:30 PM
- Organised by
- H.G. Wells Conference & Events Centre
- H.G. Wells Conference & Events Centre, Church Street East, Woking, Surrey, GU21 6HJ
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Béla Hartmann has proved one of our most popular piano soloists and has performed concertos by Beethoven, Brahms, Dvorak and Liszt over the past few years. He will return in June to play a work that I have wanted to programme since I got to know it as a student: the Concerto for Piano and Wind Instruments by Igor Stravinsky. Although a product of Stravinsky’s ‘Neo-Classical’ period, in this case a better term might be ‘Neo-Baroque’ because it is so strongly influenced by Bach. It also has a wonderfully jazzy feel and is extremely foot-tappingly rhythmical, a hugely enjoyable and fascinating piece. The concert begins with one of the greatest works written for strings alone, another ‘Neo-Classical’ masterpiece, Elgar’s re-imagining of the Baroque Concerto Grosso in early Twentieth Century England: The Introduction and Allegro for Strings. Dvorak’s folk inspired Symphony No.6 finishes the evening in energetic style.