Albert Schnelzer A Freak In Burbank (c.9′)
Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.2 (c.35′)
Nielsen Symphony No.4 ‘the Inextinguishable’ (c.34′)
Denis Kozhukhin Piano
Thomas Dausgaard Conductor
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
“Music is life” declared Carl Nielsen of his Fourth Symphony “and like it, inextinguishable”. Albert Schnelzer, on the other hand, drew his inspiration from Haydn… and the films of Tim Burton. Yet whether they’re portraying a primal struggle for existence against the guns of the Great War, or an oddly classical Hollywood nightmare, both Nielsen and Schnelzer grab you by the throat and hurl you straight into the music. Thomas Dausgaard loves every note; and if you heard Denis Kozhukhin’sbreathtaking Prokofiev concerto performances in recent BBC SSO seasons, you’ll know to expect every bit as much electricity when the two of them tackle Rachmaninov’s best-loved piano concerto, made famous by the film Brief Encounter.
Prelude: 6.45pm in the Recital Room
Writer and broadcaster Stephen Johnson introduces Nielsen’s Fourth Symphony.
Post-Concert Coda (approximately 10 minutes after the main concert) Denis Kozhukhin plays Liszt’s Bénédiction de Dieudans la solitude.