A feast of forbidden love

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Fancy a taste of Forbidden Love? Well, that's the teasing title given by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra to its programme at Portsmouth Guildhall on Friday (7.30pm).

The title applies most obviously to Prokofiev's Romeo And Juliet ballet music, inspired by Shakespeare's drama of love between warring families.

But it also relates to Dreaming By The Fireside – a symphonic interlude from Richard Strauss's opera, Intermezzo, and to Tchaikovsky's violin concerto.

Dreaming By The Fireside derives from a scene in which the heroine sits lost in a romantic fantasy. It was composed after Strauss's wife, opera singer Pauline, accused him of adultery in what turned out to be a case of mistaken identity.

The Tchaikovsky concerto, in which James Ehnes will be soloist, is thought to have been inspired by the composer's love for a male student of the violin.

Ehnes won a string of awards as a youth in his native Canada and has since won extensive plaudits for his concerto performances with many of the world's leading orchestras.

He has made more than 20 recordings, receiving particular acclaim for his Elgar concerto with Sir Andrew Davis conducting, a complete survey of Mozart's works for violin and orchestra, for which he personally selected outstanding players from around the world, and most recently for a Mendelssohn CD on which he is not only soloist in the concerto but leads the ensemble in the octet.

The BSO concert will be conducted by Frenchman Yan Pascal Tortelier, who invariably secures a rousing reception from Portsmouth audiences.

Tickets: (023) 9282 4355 or

portsmouthguildhall.co.uk

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