Monday, 11 April 2016

The World Premiere of Peter Seabourne’s Piano Concerto No. 2 receives a tumultuous reception at Prague’s Martinů Hall

The World Premiere of British composer Peter Seabourne’s Piano Concerto No. 2 took place at the Martinů Hall in the Lichtenstein Palace, on 12th March 2016 with Kristina Stepasjuková  and the Academy Orchestra of the Czech Philharmonic  conducted by Ondřej Vrabec

The performance was received with tumultuous, sustained applause and has since been partly broadcast by Czech Radio. This terrific concerto was composed in 2004/5 but has had to wait until now for its first performance. Scored for double wind, horns and strings the concerto lasts around thirty minutes and is in two movements of roughly equal length. The first movement marked Fleeting, delicate opens with the most exquisite filigree harmonies for piano and orchestra before moving through faster passages of muscular, virtuosic writing. The Lento Molto is a remarkable movement, building from a slow gentle opening, soon gaining in power to lead to a terrific climax before finding a quiet coda.

This World Premiere performance can be enjoyed via the following link:

The score, along with further information, biography and audio can be found at

Premiere of Peter Seabourne's Piano Concerto No. 2

Peter Seabourne receives the audience's enthusiastic applause

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