“They play with a sharp attack, a rhythmic punch and a new joy in living.”
The Times, London, April 2012
Academy of St Martin in the Fields
Inon Barnatan, piano
Tomo Keller, Director
HAYDN: Symphony No. 26, D minor (Lamentatione: Weihnachtssymphonie)
SHOSTAKOVICH: Piano Concerto No. 1, op 35, C minor
NICOLSON: Piano Concerto No, 2 (The Haunted Ebb) for piano, trumpet and strings
SHOSTAKOVICH: Chamber Symphony, op.110a (Kammersinfonie)
The Academy of St Martin in the Fields is one of the world’s premier chamber orchestras, renowned for its polished and refined sound and rooted in outstanding musicianship. Formed by Sir Neville Marriner in 1958 from a group of leading London musicians, and working without a conductor, the Academy gave its first performance in its namesake church on November 13, 1959. Originally directed by Sir Neville from the leader’s chair, the collegiate spirit and flexibility of the original ensemble remains an Academy hallmark. Israeli pianist Inon Barnatan, currently serving as the first artist-in-association of the New York Philharmonic, joins them. Barnatan is celebrated for the unique approach, probing intellect and consummate artistry he brings to a broad range of repertoire.
Alasdair Nicolson’s commission is generously supported by The Leche Trust and RVW Trust.