Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Vadym Kholodenko Piano
Rebecca Afonwy-Jones Mezzo-soprano
Alexander Shelley delves into the world's of Wagner and Rachmaninov
WAGNER Overture and Venusberg Music from Tannhauser
RACHMANINOV Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
MANUEL DE FALLA The Three-Cornered Hat
Infused with the rhythms, sounds and smells of his native Spain, Manuel de Falla's ballet The Three Cornered Hat provides a fitting tribute to Spain. The legend that the violin virtuoso Niccolo Paganini sold his soul to the devil in order to become obscenely talented has inspired numerous composers, but the finest variations of the theme is considered to be Rachmaninov's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, performed by Vadym Kholodenko. Richard Wagner was no stranger to political controversy yet his music from Tannhauser offers some of the most tranquil and sublime music ever written.
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For more than seven decades the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) has been at the forefront of music-making in the UK. The Orchestra's regular performances at its London home Cadogan Hall are complemented by a distinguished series at Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall, a hugely popular series at the Royal Albert Hall and frequent visits to its seven principal residencies across the UK. With a wider reach than any other UK large ensemble, the RPO has truly become Britain's national orchestra.www.rpo.co.uk
Cadogan Estates purchased the Hall in 2000 to safeguard its future. Through their connection with Opera Holland Park, Cadogan discovered that the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra was looking for a permanent base in London. The Orchestra is proud to have assisted with Cadogan's aim to bring the former church back into useful life in a manner befitting its character and civic presence.
Despite the scale of the auditorium, the combined effects of the stage, the steeply raked stalls and the low gallery create a surprisingly intimate venue where audiences can experience a very real feeling of being part of the performance.
The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is proud to be Cadogan Hall's Resident Orchestra.
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