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Saturday 16th February 2019

‘Star-crossed Lovers’

St Botolph's Church, Colchester



Wagner: Prelude to Tristan and Isolde

Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No 2

Soloist: Alisdair Hogarth

Prokofiev: Selection from Romeo and Juliet Suites 1 and 2

Alisdair Hogarth is our soloist in Rachmaninov's 2nd Piano Concerto.   Alisdair made his concerto debut at the age of 15 as soloist with the London Philharmonic Orchestra at the Queen Elizabeth Hall.    His performances have included recitals at the Wigmore  Hall, concerts at the Queen Elizabeth Hall,  Purcell Room,  Cadogan  Hall, Bridgewater Hall and Philharmonic Hall, as well as recitals for international festivals.  He has also performed for BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM.

Alisdair studied privately with Philip  Fowke  and with John Blakely at the Royal College of Music, where he won the major prizes for piano accompaniment.  He acknowledges the kind and generous support of Simon Yates, and Philip and Christine Carne. Alisdair Hogarth is a Steinway Artist.

The 2nd Piano Concerto of Rachmaninov, composed between 1900 and 1901,  has many wonderful romantic melodies with great dialogue between the soloist and the orchestra. The emotional content of the concerto has been spotted by film producers and themes from the concerto feature in ‘Brief Encounter’ (1945) , ‘The Seven Year Itch’ (1955), ‘Anime’ (2008) and ‘Hearafter’ (2010).  When listening to the second movement you may think you have heard the tune before.  You would be correct!  It has resulted in a number of well-known songs, including ‘All By Myself’ (1975).

We start our concert of romantic and sometimes tragic music with the Prelude to ‘Tristan und Isolde’.  Completed in 1859, this well-loved Wagner opera is based on a medieval legend of romantic tragedy of love and death.

Continuing the theme of romantic tragedy we end our concert with ten movements from ‘Romeo and Juliet’ Suites 1 and 2 by Prokofiev.   The ballet was composed in 1935.  It is the greatest love story with a doomed romance.  However Prokofiev originally wanted to change the ending to be a happy one but Stalin banned this.

Tickets are £15, £13 (concessions). Under 25s free.

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