Sunday Concert

Radio Times
Review by:
David Gillard

Underplayed and perhaps undervalued, Alfredo Casella was one of a generation of composers who reinvigorated Italian instrumental music in the early 20th century. His Symphony No 3 provides the climax of this varied concert from the BBC Philharmonic, conducted by Gianandrea Noseda.

An exhilaratingly melodic and intensely emotional piece, it was commissioned for the 50th birthday of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and premiered to great acclaim in 1941.

The centrepiece of the concert finds indefatigable French virtuoso Jean-Efflam Bavouzet playing two Prokofiev piano concertos — the youthful First and the steely and sardonic Fourth, written for the one-armed pianist Paul Wittgenstein.

About this programme

The BBC Philharmonic, conducted by Gianandrea Noseda, performs Verdi's Overture to The Sicilian Vespers, Prokofiev's First and Fourth Piano Concertos and Casella's Symphony No 3, recorded at the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester. Presented by Martin Handley. Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (piano), BBC Philharmonic, conductor Gianandrea Noseda. Verdi: Overture: The Sicilian Vespers. Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No 4; Piano Concerto No 1. Casella: Symphony No 3.