Thursday 9 May 2013, 7.30pmRoyal Festival Hall, London

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Sir Andrew Davis conductor

Lise de la Salle piano

Britten The Young Apollo

Mozart Piano Concerto No. 9, K271 Jeunehomme


Vaughan Williams A London Symphony

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' 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.

This concert is part of the Britten Centenary series