Wantage Orchestra Summer Concert
This summer the Wantage Orchestra are excited to be playing Rachmanioff’s Piano Concerto No.2 and Beethoven Symphony No.7.
When Beethoven wrote his 7th symphony, it was premiered to popular and critical acclaim. The second movement was often performed separately from the complete Symphony and that may have been Beethoven’s most popular orchestral composition.
Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No2 is one of his most enduringly loved pieces and established his fame as a concerto composer. It features in a number of films including David Lean’s Brief Encounter (1945), The Seven Year Itch starring Marilyn Monroe (1955) and Clint Eastwood’s Hereafter (2010).
In 1900, when Rachmaninov started composing this epic piano masterpiece he was undergoing treatment for depression in the form of hypnotherapy and psychotherapy. He dedicated this concerto to his therapist, Nikolai Dahl.
It takes a skilled pianist to play this piece and we are excited to be playing with Leon Wu, a former Abingdon School student and now a graduate of Imperial College. Piano legend, Vladimir Ashkenazy is reported to have said that, in playing Rachmaninov, he wishes that his fingers were a little longer.