Jason Thornton conductor
Mariam Batsashvili piano

DEBUSSY Prélude à l’après midi d’un faune
TCHAIKOVSKY Piano Concerto No 1
DEBUSSY Clair de Lune
TCHAIKOVSKY Romeo and Juliet

Bath Philharmonia returns to WMC with an evening of tempestuous romanticism in an orchestral programme that intersperses Tchaikovsky’s romantic brilliance with Debussy’s subtle and erotic charm.

Mariam Batsashvili, one of Europe’s finest young pianists joins the orchestra in a performance of Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto. Mariam made her BBC Proms debut in 2019 at the age of 25 and was a BBC New Generation Artist from 2017-19. She is the only female pianist ever to win the Liszt Piano Competition.

Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto is crammed full of melodic inventions and some of the most demanding virtuosic content ever written. The unforgettable melodies of Tchaikovsky’s heart-felt tone poem Romeo & Juliet describe the star-crossed lovers and their ultimate tragedy. Debussy’s Afternoon of the Faune, inspired by Stephan Mallarme’s sensual poem is one of the most colourful orchestral works ever composed; it shimmers in the heat of the afternoon whilst the flute playing faune tries to seduce his nymphs in a fine gossamer of orchestral texture. Debussy’s Clair de Lune has a melodic beauty that glistens in the moonlight of its own title.

A Bath Philharmonia promotion

Mariam Batsashvili plays Liszt and Chopin