The World Premiere of British composer Peter Seabourne’s www.peterseabourne.com Piano Concerto No. 2 took place at the Martinů Hall in the Lichtenstein Palace, on 12th March 2016 with Kristina Stepasjuková www.facebook.com/kristina.stepasjukova and the Academy Orchestra of the Czech Philharmonic www.ceskafilharmonie.cz/en/orchestral-academy-of-the-czech-philharmonic-p374.html conducted by Ondřej Vrabec www.vrabcovi.cz
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 www.peterseabourne.com
Premiere of Peter Seabourne's Piano Concerto No. 2
Peter Seabourne receives the audience's enthusiastic applause