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BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra: Chopin - Piano Concerto No. 1

3:00pm, Sunday 09 February 2020

Zlata Chochieva

“The greatest on disc?” asked ‘Gramophone’ magazine when the Russian pianist Zlata Chochieva recorded Chopin’s ‘Études’ – and the same critic went on to praise “the most consistently inspired, masterfully executed and beautiful-sounding versions I can recall”. But no recording ever comes close to the live experience, and today we get to hear all the freshness, insight and understanding of Chochieva’s way with Chopin in real life, as she joins Karl-Heinz Steffens and the BBC SSO in the teenage Chopin’s love-song of a First Piano Concerto. It’s a bit of a theme: Robert Schumann wrote his second and sunniest symphony in the first flush of love for his new wife Clara, and the score is studded with profoundly romantic gestures. But light needs shade, and the evening opens in the dark realm of Tuonela – the underworld of Finnish legend, where a swan sings a deathless melody on slowly drifting waters. Sibelius’s tone poem is one of those pieces that sinks forever into the depths of your memory. 

Sibelius     The Swan of Tuonela
Chopin       Piano Concerto No.1
Schumann Symphony No.2

Zlata Chochieva piano
Karl-Heinz Steffens conductor

Running order

Door time: 2pm

Sibelius     The Swan of Tuonela
Chopin       Piano Concerto No.1
Schumann Symphony No.2

Concert ends at approx. 4.50pm (including an interval of 20 minutes)

Prices

£30.00 | £25.00 |  £20.00 | £15.00

50% off for Disabled / Wheelchair / Disabled Companion
£6 ticket for Under 26's, Students and Unwaged £6 tickets in bands II-IV - proof of concession required. Tickets have to be collected

**Please note a £1.50 transaction fee applies on the overall booking when purchasing online or over the phone (non-refundable)**