Described by composer John Adams as “a thrilling ride in a terrific sports car”, Short Ride in a Fast Machine is a lively and vibrant fanfare for full orchestra.
Having already established a reputation for himself as a talented songwriter, George Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F major, composed in 1926, initially confused critics and provoked heated arguments – was it jazz or was it classical music? Undeterred by the critics, early audiences loved it and embraced the concerto’s playful cheerfulness and astounding virtuosity.
Returning to perform Gershwin’s tour de force with the CSO is Australian-based pianist Simon Tedeschi. Described by critics as “electrifying” and “mesmerizing”, Tedeschi’s recordings and performances of Gershwin’s music have attracted worldwide acclaim.
Composed at the end of 1945, American composer Aaron Copland’s third symphony was also his last. Inspired by the euphoric spirit of his country in the immediate months following the end of World War II, Copland intended it as tribute to those who had sacrificed most during this period. He commented, “It was the common man, after all, who was doing all the dirty work in the war and the army. He deserved a fanfare.”
With soaring melodies, energetic and balletic rhythms and resounding brass fanfares, Copland’s Symphony No 3 continues to be considered the finest American symphony ever written.