About B:Classical 2022/23: Estonian National Symphony Orchestra
Ufortunately, for personal reasons Freddy Kempf is now unable to take part in the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra tour in May 2023.
However, we're delighted to let you know that the distinguished British pianist Barry Douglas has agreed to take over from Freddy and there’ll be no change of repertoire.
Estonian National Symphony Orchestra
Olari Elts conductor
Barry Douglas piano
Pärt Cantus in Memoriam Benjamin Britten
Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No 3
Dvořák Symphony No 7
This enticing concert brings together music by two great composers who know exactly how to wring every ounce of excitement from the orchestra. Dubbed ‘The Bohemian Brahms’, Dvořák’s international recognition was firmly established by the time of his Seventh Symphony. It contains some of his most beautiful tunes, characteristic rhythms and a driving momentum that brings the symphony to a thrilling close.
Barry Douglas’s international career was sealed when he won the hugely prestigious Gold Medal at the 1986 Tchaikovsky Piano Competition. He last appeared as part of the Birmingham Classical season in 2009 so it will be a special occasion to welcome him back.
Making their first Birmingham appearance are the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra and Olari Elts, who succeeded Neeme Järvi as chief conductor and artistic director in 2020. They open the concert with one of their compatriot Arvo Pärt’s best-known works, his elegy on the death of Benjamin Britten whom Pärt had hoped to meet having only recently discovered his music.
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