Duncan Ward conductor
Clare Hammond piano
Prokofiev Symphony No. 1 ‘Classical’
Hummel Piano Concerto No. 2
Sibelius Scene with Cranes from Kuolema
Mendelssohn Symphony No. 4 ‘Italian’
One of the greatest virtuosos of his day, Johann Nepomuk Hummel was also a composer who rivalled Beethoven, and his output included some impressive piano concertos. This performance from Sinfonia Viva offers the rare chance to experience his dazzling Second Concerto, a precursor to the Romanticism of Chopin and Mendelssohn. Nottingham’s own Clare Hammond, described by The Telegraph as a pianist of “amazing power and panache” is just the soloist to ignite its fireworks. The rest of the programme is a box of contrasting delights, from the high spirits of Prokofiev’s First Symphony to Sibelius’s miniature, Scene with Cranes. Very different in mood, is Mendelssohn’s Fourth Symphony. Inspired by a trip to Italy, it revels in the sun-drenched landscape and atmospheric ancient sites, dancing through its effervescent finale.
Free pre-concert talk, 6.30pm in the auditorium: Clare Hammond in conversation.