Trevor Pinnock is known for his exquisite baroque interpretations but this season the British conductor and harpsichordist surprises us with Haydn, Chopin and Liszt. In Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 1 the quicksilver Italian pianist Beatrice Rana performs the solo part. At 26, she has already won various prestigious music awards and has the aura of a pop star.
After the interval La Lugubre Gondola, Liszt's dirge for Richard Wagner, will be performed in the breathtaking arrangement by John Adams, followed by Haydn's Symphony No. 103. This symphony gets its name from the drum-roll theme in the introduction but the heart of the piece comes from its Croatian, Hungarian and Austrian folk music influences. Note the clarinettist who in the third movement acts as the leader of an actual dance orchestra - including yodel motifs.