Conductor Maxime Tortelier
Soloist Veronika Ilinskaya
Wagner Siegfried Idyll
Mozart Piano Concerto No 24 in C minor K491
Beethoven Symphony No 8
At the heart of this concert is a drama of contrasts, fully embodied in the darkly tragic, yet blissfully lyrical richness of Mozart’s C minor Piano Concerto, brought to life tonight by the astounding Russian pianist Veronika Ilinskaya. Whilst the tender romanticism of the Siegfried Idyll shows an unusually personal, intimate Wagner at work, the extroversion of Beethoven’s pocket-sized Eighth Symphony packs a punch, not least in the finale, where, by sleight of hand, the master symphonist conjures something colossal within a miniature footprint. BHCO, as ever, combining individual brilliance with impeccable ensemble, is delighted to welcome back charismatic maestro, Maxime Tortelier.