Grace Williams Penillion
Grieg Piano Concerto
Sibelius Symphony No. 5
Owain Arwel Hughes conductor
Jayson Gillham piano
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Mythical soundworlds and scenes of icy Nordic landscapes await us as in this Royal Philharmonic Orchestra concert conducted by Owain Arwel Hughes who, by the time of this concert, will have just celebrated his 80th birthday. Welsh composer Grace Williams’ piece Penillion* is inspired by the tradition of Welsh folk-song, an orchestral evocation of storytelling through music with its captivating melodies and rhythms.
Grieg’s evergreen Piano Concerto, performed by soloist Jayson Gillham, is unmistakable as a Romantic masterpiece from the dramatic flair of the opening bars.
Much of Sibelius’ music is deeply intertwined with his sense of belonging to his home country, Finland, and his Fifth Symphony is no exception. With its famous ‘swan-call’ in the trumpets, this symphony distils the wonder and beauty of the natural world.
*The RPO gratefully acknowledges the support of the Association of British Orchestra’s Sirens fund.
Duration: approx. 1 hour 50 minutes (incl. 20-min interval)
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