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Lamb & Hayward Masterworks: Romeo & Juliet

Saturday 25 Feb 2017

NORMAN New Work, World Premiere
BEETHOVEN Piano Concert o No 1 op.15 C major
PROKOFIEV Selections from Romeo and Juliet

Benjamin Northey Chief Conductor
Dénes Várjon Piano

The 2017 Lamb and Hayward Masterworks series opens with a sparkling fanfare, specially commissioned for the occasion by renowned Canterbury composer Philip Norman. 

Performing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No 1, Hungarian pianist Dénes Várjon makes a welcome return after appearing with the CSO in the 2012 Mozart Festival. 

Várjon has been awarded the highest cultural distinction by the Hungarian Government – the Ferenc Liszt Prize, and has an extensive discography of recordings on the Naxos, Teldec and Hyperion labels. He performs regularly with Europe’s leading orchestras and is a highly sought after chamber musician, performing alongside musicians that include Steven Isserlis, Joshua Bell and Heinz Holliger. 

Prokofiev, a master of orchestral colour, captures the romance, drama and tragedy of Shakespeare’s best known work in his Suite from Romeo and Juliet. It is a work much admired for its descriptive musical writing and the ingenious way in which the machinations of the feuding Montague and Capulet families are depicted.