Conductor: Yan Pascal Tortelier
Soloist: Yeol Eum (piano)
Programme: Bizet – L'Arlésienne Suite No. 2
Ravel – Concerto for the Left Hand
Thorvaldsdottir – Aireality
Sibelius – Symphony No. 1
With a population of barely half a million, it’s remarkable that Iceland can produce such an outstanding international ensemble. For the Iceland Symphony Orchestra is a world-class group with a global reputation for vigorous, strongly defined performances – a prominence that’s only grown under the powerful baton of its Chief Conductor Yan Pascal Tortelier.
They bring their Usher Hall debut concert to a gloriously resonant conclusion with the blazing brass and sumptuous strings of Sibelius’s Tchaikovsky-inspired First Symphony. Beforehand, they’re joined by South Korean pianist and fast-rising star Yeol Eum Son for one of the most unusual – and most demanding – concertos in the repertoire. Ravel wrote his darkly jazzy Piano Concerto for the Left Hand for pianist Paul Wittgenstein, who had lost his right arm in World War One– but its dazzling athleticism is so virtuosic that it’s hard to believe only a single hand is playing.
The Icelandic players complete their compelling programme with a striking piece from their homeland: Anna Thorvaldsdóttir’s Ai reality evokes all the raw beauty of the uncompromising Icelandic landscape. Bizet’s tune-filled L’arlésienne Suite No. 2 transports you to warmer climes as the concert’s sunny opener.
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