On Sunday, the Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra will play the Brighton Dome; the orchestra will be offering three rich and distinct pieces to the audience.
Firstly, they will play Dvorak’s Overture In Nature’s Realm, a fantastically evocative piece that commences in a stark manner, bringing to mind vast windswept heath before getting caught up in its own tumult, blustering through valleys like autumnal foliage torn fresh from the exposed December branches.
Following this is to be a rousing rendition of Richard Strauss’ Horn Concerto No. 1, performed by soloist Martin Owen, which is sure to stir the blood equally; vast peaks of horn present themselves momentarily and then crumble inauspiciously. It is a piece that celebrates life as much as loss it seems, simultaneously melancholic and strangely triumphant – a greatly moving piece of music.
To end the afternoon’s proceedings, the orchestra will recite the entirety of Bruckner’s Symphony No. 4. This is a sprawling, hour-long piece of music that promises something more akin to an odyssey rather than a musical experience. The odyssey takes in the hunt, life in a mediaeval city and a haunting funeral march. The rushing and rising flurry of the piece will be sure to inspire great feelings of flight, as though one is seated atop a gargantuan gryphon, surveying a forgotten world and hearing instruments reminiscent of a bygone era of chivalry. Indeed, the trumpets are played in such a manner as to suggest the correct place for them would be a Tudor king’s court, but nay! You will be able to take in this spectacle at the Brighton Dome for just £11.50, which is hardly a king’s ransom.
Before the concert, audience members can join presenter Peter Back as he interviews the Philharmonic’s skilled soloist Martin Owen, for an insight into the music and life of a musician, and their feelings about the pieces they will play. Tickets for this exclusive glimpse into the interior workings of the orchestra will be priced at an additional £3.75.
Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra play Brighton Dome this Sunday 6 December, with a 50% discount on student tickets. For bookings, click here or call the Box Office on 01273 709709.
By Adam Morrison