Behind the scenes: Corinthian Chamber Orchestra

In a evening of passion and romance, Corinthian Chamber Orchestra and Adrian Brown pair Dvořák’s much-loved cello concerto and Rachmaninov’s monumental Third Symphony.

It is amazing to think that Dvořák procrastinated for years over an existing commission for a cello concerto, considering the instrument insufficient to carry the solo part. Brahms appears to have thought the same; despite having composed his double concerto for violin and cello in 1887, he is reported as saying of Dvořák’s work, ‘If I had known that it was possible to compose such a concerto for the cello, I would have tried it myself!’

We caught up with the orchestra in rehearsals and have these behind the scenes shots with some of the members.

Catch the Corinthian Chamber Orchestra on Tuesday 28 June at Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall. Get tickets here.

Pianist Angela Hewitt talks about her forthcoming recitals

There are two chances to catch Canadian pianist Angela Hewitt at Southbank Centre. Tomorrow’s International Piano Series recital includes a Bach Partita, Beethoven’s Eroica Variations and Brahms’ Handel Variations.  Angela writes:

“My programme pairs two suites of the Baroque period with two of the greatest masterpieces ever written in variation form. It is well known that Beethoven played a lot of Bach as a boy, but perhaps less so that Brahms was greatly attracted to the music of many Baroque composers (including Couperin whose keyboard works he edited in the 1880s). I always wanted to pair a Handel Suite with the mighty Brahms/Handel Variations to show that the connection between the two does not end with the theme. Even Brahms can benefit from a ‘dusting off’ and a fresh look at the score.”

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Then on Monday 4 April she performs concertos by Bach and Mozart with Britten Sinfonia. In this podcast, she talks to Fiona Talkington about how her playing of Bach and Mozart is infused with song and dance, and discusses directing from the piano.

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