In this concert, we hear his two large-scale orchestral works. Arcana is a wild, explosive dance: a quote from the 16th-century physician Paracelsus, science and art combine in an attempt to harness the forces of chaos.
Amériques is a hymn to New York. The clanking of overhead railways, the hooting of foghorns on the Hudson river and the wail of police sirens all find their way into this huge urban symphony.
But, even with its supersize line-up (130 orchestral musicians), it's not all sound and fury: there are sinuous melodies, seductive jazz-tinged dances and a nod or two to Stravinsky and Debussy.
Now in its centenary year, the internationally renowned City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra was first conducted by Edward Elgar. The orchestra appears with Music Director Mirga Gražinyte-Tyla, whom The Observer, in a five-star 2017 review, called ‘an irresistible new star.’
PerformersCity of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
RepertoireDebussy: Gigues, No.1 from Images
Please note change of programme from originally advertised.