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Peter Donohoe plays Mozart

Time and date:
01/05 at 2:30 PM
Royal Birmingham Conservatoire 200 Jennens Road, Birmingham, B4 7XR
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It easy to forget how startling Vaughan Williams’s Tallis Fantasia must have seemed at the time of its first performance in 1906. Reactions ranged in tone from the puzzling and dismissive “…a queer, mad work by an odd fellow from Chelsea…” to the ecstatic and bewildered “…it was an overwhelming evening, so disturbing and moving…” The work’s seamless conversation between the early 20th century and the Elizabethan era is so skilfully handled that one falls under its spell within moments. Vaughan Williams’s 5th Symphony was composed between 1938 and 1942 and bears a dedication to Jean Sibelius who wrote: “This Symphony is a marvellous work… the dedication made me feel proud and grateful… I wonder if Dr.Williams has any idea of the pleasure he has given me?” Mozart’s Piano Concerto No.25 is generally regarded as one of his finest. The French composer Olivier Messiaen said: “The first movement is without a doubt the most finely wrought, the most perfect of all the first movements of Mozart’s concertos.”

Vaughan Williams
Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
Piano Concerto no25
Patrick Case
A dream (world premiere)
Vaughan Williams
Symphony no5

Jason Lai – conductor
Peter Donohoe – piano

Pre-concert talk: 1.30pm
Chris Morley (Music Critic, Birmingham Post), Jason Lai & Peter Donohoe look forward to the China/West Midlands 2020 celebration of the cultural ties between Birmingham & the West Midlands
Concert: 2.30pm

Tickets: from £5 ( BCU Staff and Students) to 25

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