Vasily Petrenko conducts Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No.5
Walton Johannesburg Festival Overture
Beethoven Piano Concerto No.5
Vaughan Williams Symphony No.2, 'London'
Vasily Petrenko Conductor
Boris Giltburg Piano
Vasily Petrenko’s first visit to Nottingham as the Music Director of the RPO begins with William Walton’s celebratory overture – in his words a ‘slightly crazy, non-stop gallop’. Beethoven’s Fifth Piano Concerto also projects a positive mood, despite the composer writing it under siege of Napoleon’s forces. Written on an unprecedented scale, it tests the soloist’s skills to the limit. Taking up the challenge, and making his Nottingham debut, is the brilliant Israeli pianist, Boris Giltburg.
Vaughan Williams wrote of his London Symphony that it ‘should rather be called “Symphony by a Londoner”’, but it’s hard to avoid imagining the capital’s grand vistas and soundscapes, captured in rich impressionistic colours, and hinting at the composer’s mentor, Ravel.
‘Every note pulses with life and warmth.’ The Guardian on Boris Giltburg
This concert is part of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s 75th Anniversary Season. Passion, versatility and uncompromising artistic standards, as well as a belief that music is a gift that can bring people together and inspire positive change, have been RPO hallmarks for the past 75 years. As we embark on the next exciting chapter, the RPO invites you to join the journey and share the thrill of live orchestral music.