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BBC NOW | Rachmaninov 2 with Martyn Brabbins


09 Mar 2024


15:00 - 16:45


Wales Millennium Centre, Bute Place, Cardiff Bay CF10 5AL

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Grace Williams – Elegy for Strings
Nielsen – Violin Concerto
Rachmaninov – Symphony No. 2

BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Martyn Brabbins conductor
Liya Petrova violin

Grace Williams shows an early insight to the highly individual music she would compose in later years in tonight’s concert opener, her showcase for strings, the Elegy. From the dramatic Praeludium to its introspective Adagio, Nielsen’s Violin Concerto is a thrilling journey through harmony, gesture and mood, and we’re delighted to welcome the winner of the 2016 Nielsen Violin Competition, the Bulgarian virtuosi Liya Petrova as soloist.

Amongst the most famous of Rachmaninov’s output is his Second Symphony, and there’s little wonder why! Dynamic brilliance, melodious triumph and exquisite beauty reign in this deeply emotional outpouring of music. To conduct we welcome back BBC NOW favourite Martyn Brabbins.