17 December 2013
Gustavo Dudamel conducts LA Phil in Bjarnason world premiere and Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 3 with Yuja Wang
Music Director Gustavo Dudamel leads the Los Angeles Philharmonic in the world premiere of Daniél Bjarnason’s Blow bright, performances of Stravinsky’s Petrushka, and Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with pianist Yuja Wang.
The Icelandic composer’s new work for orchestra draws inspiration from a single line from Philip Larkin’s poem “Night-Music” – “Blow bright, blow bright, the coal of this unquickened world” - as well as Bjarnason’s thoughts on many other things, including the power of the ocean. “This piece is written in a very free flowing and instinctive way,” says Bjarnason. “It’s actually very close to being pure abstract music.” Discover more about the work here.
Gustavo Dudamel and Yuja Wang collaborated earlier this year to record a live performance of Rachmaninoff’s Third Piano Concerto with the with the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela in Caracas. Discover the recording here and watch a feature on the album here.
In March 2014, Gustavo and the Los Angeles Philharmonic embark on their second tour of North America. The tour programs will include Bjarnason’s Blow bright, and Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with Yuja Wang. Discover the complete 2014 tour schedule.