Ingrid Fliter Piano
Nicholas Collon Conductor
Harrison Birtwistle Cortege
Mozart Piano Concerto No. 23 in A, K488
Beethoven Symphony No 6 in F, Op. 68 ‘Pastoral’ [from memory]
Showcasing the extraordinary versatility of St George’s Bristol’s Orchestra in Residence, Aurora Orchestra’s captivating programme includes a symphony performed entirely from memory, a work of orchestral theatre from the unique imagination of Harrison Birtwistle, and a first collaboration with stellar Argentinian pianist Ingrid Fliter.
Mozart’s A major concerto K488 was written in 1786 alongside The Marriage of Figaro during the most productive period of the composer’s professional life. The concerto is paired with a rare opportunity to experience Birtwistle’s Cortege for 14 players, a virtuosic work in which musicians take turns to deliver a solo line from the centre of the ensemble, creating a kind of ritualised dance.
In the second half of the concert Aurora presents Beethoven’s sixth symphony, the Pastoral in one of its distinctive memorised performances of a whole symphony, an electrifyingly communicative approach which has become one of the most talked-about innovations in orchestral performance practice in recent years.