Sean Shepherd Blue Blazes Uk Premiere (c.8′)
Gershwin Piano Concerto In F (c.34′)
Ives Symphony No.2 (c.40′)
Freddy Kempf Piano
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
“Please don’t try to make things nice. All the wrong notes are right”. And they’re never more gloriously right than in Charles Ives’s delirious Second Symphony, where slave songs, majorette marches and good old-fashioned romance collide in an irresistible slice of pure Americana. It’s the keystone of our American series, and of this all-American evening from BBC SSO favourite MartynBrabbins. Ives is the spiritual forebear both of Sean Shepherd’s irreverent new curtain-raiser, and of the magnificent Piano Concerto by another great American original: George Gershwin. You’d expect unforgettable tunes from Gershwin, and you’d be right; though with soloist Freddy Kempf, you can also expect charisma, flair and virtuosity of skyscraper proportions.
Prelude: 6.45pm in the Recital Room
Writer and broadcaster Stephen Johnson discusses the pioneering spirit of America’s composers.
Post-Concert Coda (approximately 10 minutes after the main concert)
Freddy Kempf performs a selection from Schumann’s Fantasiestücke.