Falla’s Nights in the Gardens of Spain and a new piano concerto in a program of gorgeous symphonic impressions.
The six short, contrasting movements of Julian Anderson’s new piano concerto take the soloist on an imaginary journey, “travelling in a perpetually changing musical landscape, encountering new colours and climates at every turn”. Anderson exploits Steven Osborne’s astonishing versatility, evoking styles that range from Bach to jazz, while placing the piano against a signature orchestral palette of brilliant and dazzling sonorities. Framing this brand new work is a musical travelogue, equally brilliant and dazzling. It begins in England with Debussy’s subtly coloured take on an English folk dance. Osborne returns to the stage to perform in Manuel de Falla’s nostalgic impressions of Andalusia, with its suggestions of distant dancers and moonlit gardens. And the atmosphere continues in Debussy’s festive Ibéria, where Spain comes to life after sunset!