Pictures at an Exhibition

Alasdair Beatson

Saturday 15 November, 7:30 pm
Oxford Town Hall

Tchaikovsky The Tempest
Ravel Piano Concerto in G
Mussorgsky/Ravel Pictures at an Exhibition

Alasdair Beatson piano
Robert Max conductor

In his 'symphonic fantasia' The Tempest Tchaikovsky draws elements from Shakespeare's play, painting an evocative picture of placid and stormy seas and the tender affections and passionate love of two of the characters.

Ravel's Piano Concerto is a colourful memento of his visit to New York - it's imbued with the spirit of jazz and the excitement of Harlem. Soloist Alasdair Beatson, commended for his 'sensitive playing of rare insight', is highly regarded as a distinctive and vibrant musician.

Ravel's orchestration of Mussorgsky's piano piece Pictures at an Exhibition is one of the most inspired and popular of classical music arrangements. His version brings the scenes and stories represented in the pictures even more vividly to life.