Nottingham Harmonic Choir

Walton Belshazzar's Feast

Grieg Piano concerto

Elgar In the South

The Hallé Orchestra

nottingham classics

Saturday 27th May 2017 7:30pm

Further information on Belshazzar's Feast

Belshazzar's Feast

Walton Belshazzar's Feast

Grieg Piano Concerto

Elgar In the South

The Hallé Orchestra

conductor Rory MacDonald
pianist Andrew Tyson
baritone Benedict Nelson

Nottingham Harmonic Choir

Saturday 27th May 2017 7.30pm
Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham
Further details at Nottingham Classics
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Nottingham Harmonic Choir is thrilled to join the Hallé Orchestra and conductor Rory Macdonald in this final concert of the Nottingham Classics 2016-17 season.

This concert brings together two English composers inspired by Italy, and an evergreen concerto written by a Norwegian abroad. The dynamic young American pianist Andrew Tyson is the soloist in Grieg's A minor piano concerto which has become his most significant orchestral work, his familiar lyricism allied to powerful drama. Elgar's stay in Alassio in 1904 inspired him to write his extrovert overture, In the South, whilst William Walton began writing his cantata in a monk's cell on the Amalfi coast.

In 1929, Walton undertook a BBC commission to produce a small-scale choral work. However, his setting of the biblical account of the lavish feast thrown by the Babylonian King, Belshazzar, outgrew the original concept. Walton regarded his work as a three-movement choral symphony with opulent orchestration, lively cross rhythms and colourful dramatic writing.
Belshazzar's Feast was first heard in the 1931 Leeds Festival. Sir Thomas Beecham was so convinced it would fail that he sardonically suggested adding a couple of brass bands to its massive forces. Walton did just that, creating a widescreen spectacular, powered by his thrilling rhythmic drive and most brilliant orchestration.
The work achieved instant acclaim with critics and audiences alike.

Free pre-concert talk, 6.30pm in the auditorium.

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