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|Stravinsky||Concerto in E flat Dumbarton Oaks|
|Mozart||Piano Concerto No. 13 in C, K415|
|Mozart||Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K550 (from memory)|
The only orchestra in the world to perform whole symphonies from memory, Aurora Orchestra brings this unique and thrilling artistic style to Kings Place for the first time.
Perhaps Mozart’s most iconic and recognisable work, the ‘Great G Minor Symphony’ unfolds with gripping drama. Performing without sheet music, Aurora invites you to experience this arresting piece through the rare and fresh lens of memorised performance.
Continuing the theme of memory and recall, Stravinsky’s neo-classical gem ‘Dumbarton Oaks’ pays homage to Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos, while Boulez’s haunting Mémoriale for flute and small ensemble fondly commemorates flautist Lawrence Beauregard, adapted from an earlier musical tribute to Stravinsky himself. Completing the programme, Cédric Tiberghien returns as soloist with the orchestra for Mozart’s dazzling Piano Concerto in C Major.
Of Aurora’s By Heart projects, Principal Conductor Nicholas Collon says: ‘Memorising deepens and enriches our relationship with the music and takes communication to a new level. Whilst it feels naked at first without a stand and music to hide behind, it intensifies the levels of trust between players. It also communicates in a new way with the audience: we are all – players and audience alike – unshackled from the physical and metaphorical confines of the printed notes.’
‘Marvellous… Playing from memory, Aurora created an organic sense of community, dynamism and inspiration.’ The New York Times