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Beethoven, Simpson and Tippett with the BBC Symphony Orchestra

 19 April 2013 at 7.30pm 

Beethoven, Simpson and Tippett with the BBC Symphony Orchestra

Barbican Hall, London
Barbican, Silk Street, London EC2
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891

Martyn Brabbins conductor
Nicola Benedetti violin

Tippett found inspiration for the Promethean energy and structural force of his Second Symphony in Beethoven’s own symphonies: the vigorously assertive opening Allegro, and balletic curlicues of the scherzo-like Presto owe much to his hero’s example, while the mosaic-like orchestration of the slow movement hint at the shimmering orchestral tapestries Tippett was to explore later in his career. Appropriately, Beethoven’s Apollonian Violin Concerto prefaces the performance, presented by Nicola Benedetti. One of our most promising young composers, Mark Simpson, clarinettist winner of the 2006 BBC Young Musician of the Year and already a BBC Proms/Guardian Young Composer of the Year, is represented by his richly imagined tone poem A Mirror-Fragment …

Mark Simpson : A mirror-fragment…
Ludwig Van Beethoven : Violin Concerto in D major
Michael Tippett : Symphony No. 2

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