Symphony Orchestra of India
Richard Farnes, conductor
Pavel Kolesnikov, piano
John Williams ‘Imperial March’ from Star Wars
Brahms Piano Concerto No.2
Wagner Parsifal Suite (constructed by Andrew Gourlay)
The Symphony Orchestra of India launches its 2023 UK tour at the Warwick Arts Centre in Coventry.
A stirring programme begins with Williams’ ‘Imperial March’, a grand and iconic work that debuted in The Empire Strikes Back, and has since featured across the entire Star Wars franchise.
It’s contrasted by Brahms’ colossal second piano concerto, which moves from a rich and melodic first movement, into a turbulent “small scherzo”, followed by a slow and dreamy third, before reaching a thrilling and energetic conclusion.
Ending the night is Wagner’s Parsifal Suite, a piece which harks back to conductor Richard Farnes’ time as Music Director of Opera North, where he developed a close affinity with Wagner.