Wagner Siegfried Idyll
Debussy Fantasie for Piano and Orchestra
Stravinsky The Firebird Suite (1919)
A flash of light, a swirl of sound – and deep in a magical kingdom, the enchanted Firebird darts across the sky. In a sultry French twilight, young people play delicious new games. And the love of Wagner’s life wakes from her sleep to hear the sweetest music he ever wrote. Guest conductor Lorenzo Viotti unfolds each tale tonight, and the fabulous French pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet offers an anniversary gift to music’s supreme master of fantasy and colour: Claude Debussy.
This concert is recommended by Classic FM
£37, £29, £23, £17.50, £12.50
Under 16s free, Under 26s/Mature Students/Unemployed £6, Disabled Patrons 50% off
The young Swiss conductor came to international attention as winner of the Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Awards 2015 at the age of 25 years and of the Cadaqués International Conducting Competition and the MDR Conducting Competition in 2013. Major international orchestras which Lorenzo Viotti has conducted so far include the Orchesta Sinfónica de Tenerife, BBC Philharmonic in Manchester, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and the Orchestre National de Lille, Tokyo and Osaka Symphony Orchestras, Osaka Philharmonic, Orchestre National de France in Paris, Bamberger Symphoniker, Bremer Philharmoniker, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Münchner Rundfunkorchester, Tonkünstler-Orchester, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Göteborgs Symfoniker, the Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra and others. Three highly successful last minute engagements in 2016 marked also his debut with distinguished orchestras: at the end of January Lorenzo Viotti conducted three concerts with the Amsterdam Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in the place of Franz Welser-Möst, at the end of May he stepped in for Myung-Whun Chung conducting two concerts with the Wiener Symphoniker in Vienna. In July he replaced Marc Minkowski conducting the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra at the Verbier Festival. The artist celebrated a further highly acclaimed debut at the Salzburg Festival with the RSO Wien in August 2016. His widely praised performance in LA BELLE HELENE at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris in May 2015 was followed by Rossini’s LA CAMBIALE DI MATRIMONIO at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice, CARMEN in Klagenfurt and RIGOLETTO at the Oper Stuttgart. More opera productions will follow. Future engagements include, among others, projects with the Staatskapelle Dresden, Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester, Münchner Philharmoniker and numerous productions at the opera houses of Klagenfurt, Stuttgart, Frankfurt, Dresden, Zurich, Lyon, Paris and Tokyo.
Award-winning pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet enjoys a prolific recording and international concert career and regularly works with orchestras such as The Cleveland Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, London Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, NHK Symphony and collaborates with conductors including Vladimir Ashkenazy, Vladimir Jurowski, Gianandrea Noseda, François-Xavier Roth, Charles Dutoit, Gábor Takács-Nagy and Sir Andrew Davis amongst others. During the 2016/17 season, highlights included opening Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra’s new season, a tour with Les Siécles including a concert at London’s Royal Festival Hall and performances with BBC Philharmonic, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Scottish, Baltimore and Toronto symphony orchestras, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo and a tour of Japan with Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa under Ashkenazy. Recent performances include his appearance at the BBC Proms performing Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G Major with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and Nicholas Collon as well as concerts with Opernhaus Zürich under Gianandrea Noseda, Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona and Gothenburg Symphony where he performed both of Ravel’s piano concertos in one programme under the baton of François-Xavier Roth, Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo, Aspen Music Festival and Seattle Symphony Orchestra with Ludovic Morlot.