Harrison Birtwistle Cortege
Mozart Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major, K488
Beethoven Symphony No. 6 in F major, ‘Pastoral’ (from memory)
Ingrid Fliter piano
Nicholas Collon conductor
This striking programme includes a symphony performed entirely from memory, a work of orchestral theatre from the incomparable imagination of Harrison Birtwistle, and a first collaboration with stellar Argentinian pianist Ingrid Fliter.
Fliter makes her Aurora debut performing Mozart’s A-major Piano Concerto K488, by turns jubilant and melancholic. This masterpiece is paired with a rare opportunity to experience Birwistle’s Cortege for 14 musicians, a virtuosic work in which musicians take turns to deliver a solo line from the centre of the ensemble, creating a kind of ritualised dance. Aurora then presents one of its distinctive memorised performances of a whole symphony with an electrifying interpretation of Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony.