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Thibaudet plays Gershwin

Jazz Inspirations

Beyond classical
Russia 2 / America 1
Date Mon 9 Dec Venue Sydney Opera House
Duration 2 hours (incl. 20-min interval)

Classical crossover goes both ways when Dmitri Shostakovich dabbles in jazz and George Gershwin tries his hand at 'serious' music.

Whenever pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet visits Sydney it's a treat. He brings an impeccable flair to his performances, and you'll want to hear him in George Gershwin's jazz-inflected piano concerto: the effervescent result of a popular musician's foray into classical territory.

'Serious' Shostakovich made the journey in the other direction. He loved light music, was fascinated by jazz and didn't hide the fact. A waltz, a polka and a foxtrot blues - who could ask for anything more?

Prokofiev's Fifth Symphony reflects a different era - not the Roaring Twenties but World War II. Those dark days in Soviet Russia gave rise to a symphony that strives for an optimistic mood, but in amongst the martial heroism and irresistible climaxes there lurks a funeral march and a touch of the blues.

Pre-concert talk in the Northern Foyer, 45 minutes before each performance.
Thibaudet plays Gershwin

Audio kindly supplied by Silver Partner Universal Music.

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Track 1 - GERSHWIN Piano Concerto in F: 1. Allegro
Track 2 - GERSHWIN Piano Concerto in F: 2. Adagio
André Previn, directing the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra from the piano
DECCA 478 3355

PROKOFIEV Symphony No.5: 2. Allegro marcato
PROKOFIEV Symphony No.5: 4. Allegro giocoso
Concertgebouw Orchestra conducted by Vladimir Ashkenazy
DECCA 470 5282

Jean-Yves Thibaudet in Sydney
Jean-Yves Thibaudet in Sydney

French pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet talks about performing the Gershwin Piano Concerto in F with the SSO and why he loves coming back to Sydney.

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PROGRAM
  • SHOSTAKOVICH Jazz Suite No.1
  • GERSHWIN Piano Concerto in F
  • PROKOFIEV Symphony No.5
Artists
  • James Gaffigan conductor
  • Jean-Yves Thibaudet piano
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