THE YEAR 1913: FALSTAFF

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Wednesday 20 February 2013 at 7.30pm

Symphony Hall, Birmingham +44 (0)121 345 0600

Andrew Litton  conductor
Freddy Kempf  piano

Elgar: Falstaff 35'
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Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 2 31'
Respighi: The Pines of Rome 26'
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When Englandís greatest composer met Englandís greatest writer, the results were bound to be special. Elgarís Falstaff might just be his masterpiece; itís a big-hearted, deeply personal tribute to Shakespeareís comic hero, written in 1913 and filled with glorious tunes - as well as ominous shadows. Popular guest conductor Andrew Litton has matched it with two spectacular musical panoramas: Respighiís sumptuous postcard from Rome, and the cold steel of Prokofievís electrifying Second Piano Concerto, also exactly 100 years old. Played tonight by Freddy Kempf, one of todayís true stars of the keyboard, itís guaranteed to thrill.

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