April 19-24, Britten, Chopin and Mendelssohn

[Jan Lisiecki]

Tugan Sokhiev conducts Britten, Chopin and Mendelssohn featuring pianist Jan Lisiecki
Russian-Ossetian conductor Tugan Sokhiev and Canadian pianist Jan Lisiecki both make their BSO debuts in these concerts, working together in Frédéric Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 1.

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  1. Brian Bell spends a minute introducing the program of April 19-24, 2018.
  2. Video Podcast: Chopin Piano Concerto No. 1
  3. Audio Concert Preview by Robert Kirzinger and Richard Dyer.
  4. Pianist Jan Lisiecki speaks with Brian Bell about Chopin, which he'll perform April 19-24, 2018.

Tugan Sokhiev, conductor
Jan Lisiecki, piano

BRITTEN Simple Symphony (18 min)
CHOPIN Piano Concerto No. 1 (35 min)
MENDELSSOHN - Symphony No. 4, Italian (38 min)

Russian-Ossetian conductor Tugan Sokhiev and Canadian pianist Jan Lisiecki both make their BSO debuts in these concerts, working together in Frédéric Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 1. Already acclaimed as a prodigy, Chopin was just twenty when he wrote and premiered this concerto in 1830. The piece blends Classical concerto form with the composer's entirely individual piano writing and lyrical Romanticism. Felix Mendelssohn began his Symphony No. 4 also in 1830 during an extended stay in Italy. The predominantly cheerful opening movement reflects his pleasure in the Mediterranean environs. Opening the program is Benjamin Britten's Simple Symphony, an utterly charming string-orchestra work created from fragments of his youthful compositions.