From its opening clarinet glissando Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue has become synonymous with 1920’s America and its popularity continues to this day. Performed here in the original jazz band arrangement with acclaimed pianist Jeremy Denk the work is paired with Stravinsky’s rhythmically complex Concerto for piano and wind. Both works explore rhythm from the syncopated cadenzas in Stravinsky to the abundant use of dance and ragtime rhythms in Gershwin.
Both Rhapsody in Blue and Stravinsky’s Concerto for piano and wind were premiered in 1924. Find out more about this exciting year in history here.
Download the programme notes for free.
The performance at Milton Court Concert Hall, London will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.
Pre-concert talk – St Andrew’s Hall
In Conversation, 6.30pm: Jeremy Denk talks about tonight’s programme in this pre-concert talk (free to ticket holders)