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Ravel’s Piano Concerto for the Left Hand

Thursday 13 June 2024, 7.30pm
Hull City Hall

Vaughan Williams The Wasps: Overture, Entr’acte and Finale
Ravel Piano Concerto for the Left Hand
Tchaikovsky Symphony No.4

Jordan de Souza Conductor
Nicholas McCarthy Piano

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

When the pianist Paul Wittgenstein lost his right hand in the First World War, he asked Ravel to write him something he could play with his left hand alone. The result is a masterpiece that glitters like a rare diamond. Played tonight by one of its most brilliant living champions, Nicholas McCarthy, it is the smouldering heart of a concert that begins in the English countryside as depicted by Ralph Vaughan Williams, and ends with Tchaikovsky at his most impassioned. The latter’s Fourth Symphony is a fearless musical autobiography, told in melodies that burn themselves into your memory. Tchaikovsky battles Fate itself and, in the hands of guest conductor Jordan de Souza, every note will feel like a matter of life or death.

Pre-concert lecture and talk 6.15pm – with Dr Simon Desbruslais - Lecturer in Music, School of Drama, Music and Screen at the University of Hull.