Angela Hewitt Plays Brahms and Schumann BBC Proms


Angela Hewitt Plays Brahms and Schumann

Pianist Angela Hewitt begins with solo music by Brahms, before Schumann's Introduction and Concert Allegro and Schoenberg's orchestration of Brahms's G minor Piano Quartet.


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Good evening ladies and gentlemen, welcome back to the Albert Hall. In

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a moment, the elegant and distinguished Canadian pianist,

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Angela Hewitt will play solo piano music. Later, a reinvention of one

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of Johannes Brahms's chamber works. In between those two pieces, a rare

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chance to hear assured work for piano and orchestra by Schumann,

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dedicated to brands. Andrew Manze is going to conduct the concert

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tonight and it is the Scottish Symphony Orchestra on stage tonight.

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However, they will remain silent for the first few minutes of this

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concert as we hear two of Brahms's Intermezzo for solo piano. Please

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 572 seconds

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Angela Hewitt playing the pieces in E flat major. Amongst the last

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pieces he was to write. Earlier this evening, I caught up with

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answers Hewitt and asked her about the experience of playing solo

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piano in a vast space at the Royal Albert Hall.

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I think it is great, you can really draw people in. When I was

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rehearsing this afternoon, it had a good feeling. Am not going to be

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afraid of that intimacy in such a big place. Having heard so low

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Brahms, we're going to hear a piece next by Schumann. This piece,

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written over 150 years ago but only now getting its first performance

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at the Proms. It is extraordinary and I have just recorded there. I

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recorded the complete works of Schumann recently and I have come

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to love this piece. It is a big virtuoso piano part but it is

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wonderfully woven into the orchestral fabric. There are some

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nice oboe and flute solos. It is unusual to have such a gorgeous

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melody. That is unusual in his late pieces and it is really were

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playing just for that team. Shall we see it as a concerto, albeit a

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small one? More just as a concert piece. It is very concise in its

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material and there is a part that is very grand, bringing it to the

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conclusion. But there is a lot Angela Hewitt talking to me earlier

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on and here she is to play Shimna's introduction and Concert Allegro,

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 572 seconds

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Angela Hewitt playing Schumann's introduction and Concert Allegro,

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Opus 134. The Scottish Symphony Orchestra conducted by Andrew Manze.

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Getting its Proms debut tonight. Angela Hewitt, Canadian-born but

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I have come backstage and am joined straight from the platform by

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Andrew Manze. Wonderful to hear that, it is extraordinary that a is

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her first Proms outing. Or what an amazing second melody it has.

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move on to the peace you will perform in three or four minutes

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time. Brands Piano Quartet No. 1. Schoenberg was a huge fan of

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Brahms? Yes and you probably helped him out with some money when he was

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a struggling musician so he had a great fondness for brands.

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played the quartet as a musician and he had a very clear idea of

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what he wanted to do, he wrote that he liked the piece and he thought

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it was always so badly played. He wanted to rectify that? Yes and

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that is one thing about the original, the strings are really on

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the edge. Sean Burke doesn't need to push them because he is using a

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huge orchestra. He is showing us the beauties inside the peace.

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have to stop you there because you Orchestra is almost changed. You

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An intimate evening at the Royal Albert Hall with star Canadian pianist Angela Hewitt. Beginning with solo music by Brahms, she is joined by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and conductor Andrew Manze for a performance of Schumann's Introduction and Concert Allegro, a sort of mini-piano concerto that the composer wrote as a wedding anniversary gift to his wife Clara. The concert ends with Schoenberg's orchestration of Brahms' G minor Piano Quartet.


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