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Chopin and Bartók with Benjamin Grosvenor

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Pianist Benjamin Grosvenor in suit in front of green vintage car.


Joana Carneiro – conductor
Benjamin Grosvenor – piano


Anna Clyne This Midnight Hour Listen

Chopin Piano Concerto No. 1 Listen

— Interval —

Bartók Concerto for Orchestra Listen

Chopin’s elegant and expansive concerto contrasts with the vivid colours of music by Anna Clyne and Bartók.

Anna Clyne’s inspiration for This Midnight Hour came from two poems – Baudelaire’s describes a heady evening where “sounds and perfumes swirl in the evening air”, and Jiménez’s pictures Music as a woman running through the night.

It’s an apt companion to Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra – every member of the Philharmonia has their moment in the spotlight in this work fizzing with imagination. It’s hard to believe Bartók was in hospital in the early stages of his final illness when he accepted this commission, his music is so full of energy and life.

Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1 comes from a different place entirely – the virtuosity the young composer-pianist wanted to showcase was his own. Tonight his sparkling heart-on-sleeve melodies are in the hands of electrifying British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor. Grosvenor’s 2020 recording of the Chopin Piano Concertos won both a Gramophone Concerto Award and a Diapason D’Or de l’Année, with Diapason declaring it “confirmation of an extraordinary artist.”

Prices & Discounts

£13 – £65

Multi-buy offer available; under-18s and concessions discounts available; discounted tickets for students via Student Pulse (limited availability)

Running time:

1 hr 50 mins, including a 20 minute interval

Recommended age

From 7+

Programme notes

Free printed programmes will be available at the venue. Digital programme notes available here.

Box office

Philharmonia Box Office: 0800 652 6717
Monday to Friday 10am – 5pm

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