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Dreams & Fantasies
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Górecki - Three Pieces in Old Style
Chopin - Piano Concerto No. 2
Conductor - Michael Collins
Piano - Charles Owen
Contrasting aspects of the Polish spirit are revealed in this concert featuring internationally renowned pianist Charles Owen and conductor Michael Collins. Gorecki’s ‘Three Pieces in Old Style’ draws its inspiration from early music and is imbued with his stark and uncompromising musical vision. Chopin’s much-loved Piano Concerto No. 2, here in a new arrangement for smaller orchestra because of social distancing, but still full length, is illuminated with drama in the opening movement, the romantic elegance of unrequited love in the slow movement, and dramatic and dazzling technique in the exciting finale.
Orchestra Of The Swan
Formed in 1995, Orchestra of the Swan is a British chamber orchestra which, under the artistic direction of David Le Page, is passionate about audience inclusivity and blurring the lines between genres, through its adventurous and accessible programming. The Swan presents over 45 concerts a year – both live and digital with a catalogue of over 20 recordings. We are passionate about new music and has premiered more than 70 new works by composers including Joe Cutler, Tansy Davies, Joe Duddell, Alexander Goehr, Roxanna Panufnik, Joseph Phibbs, Dobrinka Tabakova, Errollyn Wallen, Huw Watkins, John Woolrich and many others. Our latest album ‘Timelapse’ creates a space where sounds of the past and present collide to form a unique musical landscape. Although the pieces were written, in some cases, centuries apart and in culturally disparate eras, it is striking how much these contrasting works inhabit such similar emotional territory. Intriguing pairings of works by Rameau and Radiohead’s Pyramid Song, Schubert, and The Smiths, Adés and Grieg, Satie and Reich, complement each other beautifully and style have become irrelevant. The Swan has been enormously successful in making a positive and effective contribution to the communities at the heart of its ‘immersive residencies’ in Herefordshire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire and Birmingham with an ambitious programme of work in care homes, schools and rural areas growing year by year. Based at the Stratford Play House, in Stratford-upon-Avon, the Swan is proof that an orchestra really can be an indispensable and relevant part of the community with its aim to entertain, educate and engage in a way that truly makes it a living orchestra.
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