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13
Jan

STEPHEN BRYANT-Leader of the BBC Symphony Orchestra-The Official Blog!

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“…….BEAUTIFULLY INTEGRATED TONE,IMPECCABLE INTONATION AND SOVEREIGN TECHNIQUE…….” THE STRAD.


 


12
Jan

January/February 2019

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HAPPY NEW YEAR AND THANK YOU TO THE MANY VISITORS, NEW AND RETURNING TO THIS WEBSITE/BLOG! ONE OF MY NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS IS TO POST HERE MORE REGULARLY – SO HERE GOES WITH A SMALL SELECTION OF DATES FOR JANUARY AND EARLY FEBRUARY 2019.


18th JANUARY


7.30pm BARBICAN


BEETHOVEN – VIOLIN CONCERTO


SCHOENBERG – PELLEAS UND MELISANDE


BBC SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA – LOTHAR KOENIGS, JAMES EHNES


I’m looking forward to this programme! One of the greatest if not the greatest violin concerto ever written plus the rich lushness and complex layers of Schoenberg’s symphonic poem, Pelleas and Melisande.


23rd JANUARY


7.30pm BARBICAN     


CAUSTON  – IK ZEG:Nu


SCHUMANN – CELLO CONCERTO


BRAHMS – SYMPHONY No 3


BBC SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA


Schumann’s pioneerig cello concerto and Brahms’ 3rd Symphony make this a great programme. In addition there is the world premiere of Richard Causton’s IK zeg:Nu (I say:Now) which should be interesting to discover!


 


2nd FEBRUARY                                                     


7.30pm NORTHAMPTON HIGH SCHOOL


GLINKA – RUSLAN AND LUDMILLA OVERTURE


BENJAMIN – ROMANTIC FANTASY FOR VIOLIN AND VIOLA


DVORAK – NEW WORLD SYMPHONY


NORTHAMPTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, STEPHEN BRYANT, BENJAMIN ROSKAMS


The Arthur Benjamin Romantic Fantasy for Violin, Viola and Orchestra is a really good piece – beautiful melodies and a lot of fast, exciting passage work. I last played it with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and principal viola Norbert Blume about 15 years ago (!). This time, I’m playing it with Benjamin Roskams who I’ve worked with many times. Looking forward to this and hearing the rest of the programme.


31
Jan

Stephen Bryant’s Cadenza to Khachaturian Violin Concerto

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In 2010, I recorded the Khachaturian Violin Concerto with Martyn Brabbins and the BBC Symphony Orchestra for broadcast on Radio 3.There is of course,already an excellent cadenza by David Oistrakh for this concerto but I wanted to try my hand at composing one myself……