Sunday 17 Feb 2013, 7pmRoyal Festival Hall, London

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Edward Gardner conductor

Kirill Gerstein piano

Susan Gritton soprano

Christine Rice mezzo soprano

Allan Clayton tenor

CBSO Chorus

CBSO Children's Chorus chorus

Bridge Suite, The Sea

Shostakovich Piano Concerto No. 2


Britten Spring Symphony (Op. 44)

An early start tonight for a generous programme that brings together three composers who powerfully influenced one another. Britten, whose centenary we are celebrating this year, was a composer prodigy so gifted that he began lessons with Frank Bridge at the tender age of 14. His Spring Symphony is an early masterpiece, a setting of fourteen poems evoking the progress of winter to spring and the onset of summer. Later in life Britten fell under the spell of Gustav Mahler, as did his near contemporary and close friend, Dmitry Shostakovich. All cares are banished, however, in tonight's concert, especially in Shostakovich's exuberant Second Piano Concerto, in which the humble five-finger exercise meets Rachmaninov head-on.