A European Romance
Sunday 22nd January 2023
Kings Lynn Corn Exchange
Overture "Die Fledermaus" J Strauss II
Concierto D'Aranjuez Rodrigo
Symphony No.4 Brahms
Tickets £16, £8
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We continue our Travels with Friends season with a focus on Europe. With so much repertoire to choose from we open with two pieces the orchestra has never played - Johann Strauss II Overture to Die Fledermaus followed by Rodrigo's ever popular Concierto d'Aranjuez described as a curious mixture of the passion of the flamenco and the restraint of the Baroque.
Our guitar soloist is Johan Lofving and we are delighted to be working with him for the first time. We close this concert with
Brahms Symphony No.4, described as a work of almost mystical transcendence born of opposing
emotions: melancholy and joy, severity and rhapsody, solemnity and exhilaration. A passionate
rollercoaster for a winter afternoon!
Steve started conducting Norfolk Symphony Orchestra in Autumn 2019 with our Magic and Mystery concert.
Steve studied violin with Emmanuel Hurwitz, Sidney Griller and the Amadeus Quartet at the Royal Academy of Music from 1981 to 1985, where he won prizes for orchestral leading and string quartet playing. In 1985 he formed the Bingham String Quartet, an ensemble which has become one of the foremost in the UK, with an enviable reputation for both classical and contemporary repertoire. The Quartet has recorded numerous CDs and has worked for radio and television both in the UK and as far afield as Australia. The Quartet has worked with distinguished musicians such as Jack Brymer, Raphael Wallfisch, Michael Collins and David Campbell. Steve has conducted amateur and student orchestras and ensembles for many years.
To find out more about Steve, click the link to his website
Hailed for his 'magical playing' (Classical Guitar Magazine), Swedish guitarist and theorbo-player Johan Löfving has established himself as a truly exciting artist of a new generation.
Since being a prize winner in the prestigious London International Guitar Competition 2012 Johan's solo recitals have taken him to some of the finest halls in Britain such as Kings Place and The Sage Gateshead, followed by celebrated chamber music recitals at major festivals and venues including Wigmore Hall, London Festival of Baroque Music and Brighton Early Music Festival. Abroad he has also had the honour to perform at the MuTh-Konzertsaal der Wiener Sängerknaben in Vienna and as well as at the legendary Carinthischer Sommer Festival.
Apart from his long-term work with Flauguissimo he has worked with some of the finest musicians, such as baritone Thomas Guthrie, tenor Rob Murray and pianist David Owen Norris, who invited him to take part in the 'Playlist Series' on BBC Radio 4. Other radio appearances include BBC Radio 3 and Swedish Radio P2.
His solo debut album 'Fandango!' was released in 2020 by Resonus Classics to great critical acclaim.