Live from the Barbican Centre, London
Presented by Martin Handley
The BBC Symphony Orchestra and conductor Alexander Vedernikov in music by John Adams and Shostakovich, with Steven Osborne as the soloist in Tippett's Piano Concerto
John Adams: The Chairman Dances
Tippett: Piano Concerto
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Steven Osborne (piano)
Alexander Vedernikov (conductor)
The BBC Symphony Orchestra and conductor Alexander Vedernikov perform music by John Adams and Shostakovich, with Steven Osborne as the soloist in Tippett's Piano Concerto.
Steven Osborne has won awards for his masterly recordings of Tippett's piano music, noted for the intoxicating freshness, detail and illumination he brings to each work. The Piano Concerto of 1955 was written in the wake of Tippett's opera The Midsummer Marriage, and shares its sense of melodious ecstasy, with a dazzling virtuosic finale. The streak of menace in John Adams's charming foxtrot from his opera Nixon in China darkens into fear in Shostakovich's bitter, intense 8th Symphony, written in the depths of wartime Russia. Alexander Vedernikov, formerly of the Bolshoi Theatre, conducts.