Zubin Mehta said of Spain’s pre-eminent pianist, “I have only heard this sound from Rubinstein,” while Sir Simon Rattle commented: “There is something special with Joaquín Achúcarro. Very few musicians can extract this kind of sound from the piano.” This not-to-be-missed debut is part of a program that includes Grieg’s ever popular Peer Gynt, musical fairy-tale ballet music by Stravinksy and a magical, mystical concerto from Finland that includes taped bird songs interacting with the orchestra.
Rune Bergmann, conductor
Joaquín Achúcarro, piano
GRIEG: Peer Gynt Selections
GRIEG: Piano Concerto
RAUTAVAARA: Concerto for Birds and Orchestra
STRAVINSKY: Firebird Suite (1919)
Preview Talk with host Alan Chapman at 7 p.m.