Prokofiev was, like Mozart, a child prodigy excelling in both piano and composition.
At age 21 he created his first piano concerto, with a piano part that glitters and sparkles with a brilliant clarity. It’s a cheeky, playful piece with a trademark wit for which the which the mature Prokofiev became famous.
The ethereal music of Grieg and Rautavaara both create worlds of contrast. Peer Gynt, with its glorious depiction of morning and narrow escape from the trolls in the Hall of the Mountain King, and Rautavaara’s angelic Symphony No.7 are full of lush string sounds, floating melodies and hidden drama. Both tell the stories of Northern Europe’s long memory and love of a mythical past that has inspired the dreams of so many composers.
the first performances of her music by the Sydney Symphony, Deborah Cheetham’s Ghost Light takes inspiration from the great
romantic composers in this dedication to all those who make live performance
DEBORAH CHEETHAM Ghost Light*
50 Fanfares Commission
PROKOFIEV Piano Concerto No.1
Peer Gynt Suite No.1
RAUTAVAARA Symphony No.7, Angel of Light
*Deborah Cheetham's Ghost Light was made possible through the Sydney Symphony Orchestra's 50 Fanfares Project and was comissioned by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, supported by Vicki Olsson.
BENJAMIN NORTHEY conductor
ALEXANDER GAVRYLYUK piano
Update 23 May 2022
This program was originally advertised Alexander Gavryluk performs Rachmaninov 2. At Mr. Gavrylyuk’s request he will now perform Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 1.