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Sunday Classics: Japan Philharmonic Orchestra

Beethoven’s fiercely dramatic Third Piano Concerto from the eminent British pianist

3:00pm, Sunday 14 April 2019

With a career spanning more than half a century, eminent British pianist John Lill is a commanding figure throughout the international classical world. He’s revered for his enormous integrity, his profound insights, his captivating charisma – all brilliantly on show at his magnificent Usher Hall performance in January 2017.

Playing music by Beethoven – long a particular speciality – Lill is like a force of nature. In this compelling concert full of connections and contrasts, Lill is soloist in the Third Piano Concerto, one of Beethoven’s most fiercely dramatic pieces – right from its stirring opening, it grabs you and never lets go.

He joins Tokyo’s fine Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, one of the country’s most respected symphony orchestras, under its vibrant young Finnish Chief Conductor Pietari Inkinen. Celebrated internationally for his enthralling performances full of passion and imagination, Inkinen is one of today’s most exciting classical figures.

Inkinen brings the concert to a joyful conclusion with the rousing optimism of his compatriot Sibelius’s Second Symphony, and opens with the evocative soundscapes of fellow Finn Rautavaara. In between, the fragile, austere beauty of Japanese composer Toru Takemitsu’s brief but potent Requiem for Strings.

 

Running order

Door time:2:00pm

Programme

Japan Philharmonic Orchestra

Pietari Inkinen  Conductor

John Lill  Piano

Rautavaara  In the Beginning

Beethoven  Piano Concerto No. 3

Takemitsu  Requiem for Strings

Sibelius  Symphony No. 2

Prices

£35 | £29 | £24 | £18 | £13.50

Concessions available

Early Bird Offer: Book 5 or more concerts in the same transaction for the Sunday Classic Season 2018-19 season before 5pm on the 20th August and you will be eligible for £5.00 off top two ticket prices. (Offer subject to availability) 

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

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