Benjamin Grosvenor brings his supercharged virtuosity to Rhapsody in Blue - matched by the effervescent Southbank Sinfonia. Gershwin’s Jazz Age concerto shot American music in a vibrant new direction. In a single work comes pianistic verve, backed up by symphonic power that always keeps a feeling of off-the-cuff improvisation.
After meeting Gershwin, Walton also caught the jazz bug. Belshazzar’s Feast is a fusion of extrovert symphonic tradition and swing-infused, punchy rhythms. From its colossal orchestra and chorus come breathtaking sonic combinations, painstakingly chosen by a composer expanding his horizons.
Mason Bates' Mothership evolves this tradition for the 21st century. A daring electro-orchestral spaceship welcomes improvising soloists to ‘dock’ with it, allowing the individual their moment to shine.
"Southbank Sinfonia, a hugely talented young ensemble whose performances are always theatrical" The Independent