David Robertson conducts a modern Russian classic and an exciting new percussion concerto with soloist Claire Edwardes.
When Prokofiev premiered his Fifth Symphony in 1945, it caught the optimism of the time, not just in Soviet Russia but the world, and saw him on the cover of Time magazine. Its continued popularity is no surprise. If you love Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet ballet music, you’ll recognise the spirit, the sparkle and the intensity of emotion that he weaves into this terrific symphony.
James Macmillan’s Percussion Concerto No.2 is played by Claire Edwardes, who has long admired his music. The concerto has been compared to New York at rush hour – all colour and energy – and it’s a workout for soloist and orchestra alike, arriving at a transcendent finale as a glorious chorale tune “emerges from the fray”. The concert begins with music by Paderewski: concert pianist, composer, Polish prime minister, and one of the few classical music figures to make the cover of Time twice!
7–8 November 2018 / Sydney Opera House
The Macmillan concerto can also be heard in Beethoven Seven: Rhythm and Energy on Wednesday 7 and Thursday 8 November.More info