Tonight’s programme opens with music by two creative prodigies who were already well into their creative strides. Mozart composed his Jeunehomme Piano Concerto when he was 21, a stunning achievement which has at its emotional core a C minor slow movement of searing emotional intensity. Britten was 26 and recently arrived in America when he premiered his Young Apollo, a joyously inventive work for piano and strings composed as Britain was entering a Second World War. Vaughan Williams’s London Symphony dates from the First World War and carries a dedication to the composer George Butterworth, who was killed fighting in the trenches in 1916.
More concerts at Royal Festival Hall
May 22 2013, 13:00 - 1901 Arts Club
A lunchtime recital by cellist Ella Rundle
May 22 2013, 18:00 - Royal Festival Hall
A free recital of Wagner's Siegfried Idyll as part of the Wagner 200 celebrations