City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Fri 10 May, 7.45pm

The Anvil

  • Tickets: £41, £37, £30, £23, £15; Under 25s and f/t students £11 (includes £3 booking fee). Over 65s and Platinum Friends standby tickets available on the day. Group rate available.

Ligeti                      Concerto romanesc
Prokofiev               Piano Concerto no. 5
Brahms                  Symphony no. 2

Yuja Wang piano
Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla

Ligeti’s early piece develops Romanian folk tunes rather in the manner of Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsodies, fashioning alternately soulful and lively sections from their rich vein of melody. Prokofiev said that his fifth and last piano concerto ‘had enough melodies to make three concertos’. Its five movements are packed with rhythmic vitality and unpredictable beauty. The heartfelt slow movement is particularly memorable. Brahms’ radiant Second Symphony was written while on holiday in the summer of 1877 and is predominantly warm, lyrical and tender, before an explosion of joy in the finale.

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