Rachmaninoff and Helen Grime concert
Tanglewood (297 West St., Lenox, MA 01240)
Andris Nelsons conducts Rachmaninoff and Helen Grime with virtuoso Swedish trumpeter and frequent BSO collaborator Håkan Hardenberger.
Sergei Rachmaninoff — Vocalise
Helen Grime — Trumpet Concerto, night-sky-blue — American premiere; BSO co-commission
Sergei Rachmaninoff — Symphony No. 3
Hardenberger is the beneficiary of a new BSO-commissioned concerto from the British composer Helen Grime, a former Tanglewood Music Center Fellow with a dynamic, sparkling compositional style. Sergei Rachmaninoff’s gorgeous, short Vocalise for orchestra opens the program, which closes with the composer’s substantial Symphony No. 3, a late work characterized by scintillating orchestration and Rachmaninoff’s noted gift for long-spun melody and compelling musical narrative.
Rachmaninoff is often known his piano concertos, the BSO says — of his three symphonies, only his Second is reasonably well known. Sunday afternoon’s concert with the Berkshire Symphony Orchestra will take place in the Shed.