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.
More concerts with Edward Gardner:
Jul 29 2013, 19:30 - Gloucester Cathedral
Gardner in Gloucester
Apr 02 2014, 19:30 - De Montfort Hall
Gardner conducts Wagner, Berlioz and Elgar
Apr 03 2014, 19:30 - Royal Festival Hall
Edward Gardner conducts a charts the history of Romanticsim with works by Berlioz, Wagner and Elgar