Edward Gardner conductor
Adrian Brendle piano
Tippett Ritual Dances from The Midsummer Marriage
Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue
Rachmaninov Symphonic Dances
Edward Gardner, Sir Charles Mackerras Chair of Conducting at the Academy and Chief Conductor of the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, returns to the Academy to conduct a programme framed by works inspired by dance music. The first work in the concert features a set of four dances from Tippett’s opera The Midsummer Marriage, which is consciously modelled on Mozart’s The Magic Flute and follows the marriages of two couples from different social classes. Rhapsody in Blue, which combines classical and jazz influences, established Gershwin’s reputation as a composer and has become a staple of the American repertoire. The programme concludes with Rachmaninov’s final work, the Symphonic Dances, written in America, where the composer lived for over twenty years following the First World War, and indulging in nostalgia for the Russia he had once known.