About B:Classical 2022/23: Sinfonia of London

Sinfonia of London

John Wilson conductor
Martin James Bartlett piano

Walton Scapino
Ravel Valses Nobles et Sentimentales
Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue
Debussy La Mer
Ravel Boléro (original ballet version)

John Wilson is a man with the Midas touch; everything he touches turns to gold. After the sell-out success of his work recreating MGM Hollywood scores, The Sinfonia of London is his latest project – a hand-picked ‘super-orchestra’ of leaders and section principals from the UK’s finest orchestras. This is their first UK tour and is set to dazzle with a glittering programme of orchestral showpieces.

Walton’s ‘comedy overture’, Scapino, sets the scene with a vivid evocation of the rascally commedia dell’arte servant who assists the amours of his misbehaving master, Harlequin. More vibrant orchestral colour comes in Ravel’s Valses Nobles et Sentimentales, which applies an Impressionist palate to a sensual set of Schubertian waltzes. The composer’s famous Boléro is perhaps the definitive demonstration of his brilliant orchestration, giving every instrument a moment in the spotlight as it weaves its hypnotic spell around a repeated earworm. No less seductive is Debussy’s La Mer, three symphonic sketches that revel in the play of light on the sea in all its mercurial power.

Finally, no gala concert would be complete without a starry soloist and in Martin James Bartlett we have one of the most exciting young performers to have emerged from these shores in many years. The BBC Young Musician winner’s debut performance of Gershwin’s genre-crossing Rhapsody in Blue was a highlight of the 2015 BBC Proms and will surely knock it out of the park in this 24-carat gem of a concert.

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    Broad Street
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