Ben Glassberg closes the BBC Philharmonic’s 2022-23 Bridgewater Hall season with a dazzling programme of twentieth century treasures.
Starting with a whisper from one of Britain’s lesser-known composers, Ethel Smyth’s Cornish Cliffsfrom The Wreckers precedes and predicts Britten’s revolutionary operas and is equally as tantalising as it is radiant. Britten’s bravura Piano Concerto, a welcome chance for Steven Osborne to show off his virtuosic flair in the glistening textures and quirky interplay between piano and orchestra. Lastly, an explosive showstopper in the Symphonic Dances – Rachmaninov’s love-letter to his homeland and his final work.
Ben Glassberg – conductor Steven Osborne – piano
Ethel Smyth Prelude to Act II (The Wreckers); ‘On the Cliffs of Cornwall’ Britten Piano Concerto Rachmaninov Symphonic Dances