Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Pinchas Zukerman conducts one of the most instantly recognisable pieces of classical music
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
MOZART Violin Concerto No.5
BEETHOVEN Symphony No.5
From one inescapable melody to another, legendary violinist Pinchas Zukerman is both conductor and soloist in a concert brimming with infectious melodies. Opening with a true English masterpiece, Vaughan Williams' Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis is a visionary fusion of folksong and sacred music.
Mozart's Fifth Violin Concerto, the 'Turkish' is imbued with joie-de-vivre, the frenzied Allegro in the final movements emulating a Turkish style with melodic leaps, pounding rhythms and percussive strings. Closing the concert is one of the most instantly recognisable piece of symphonic music; Beethoven's Symphony No.5.
Opening with four imposing notes, this Fate motif that dominates the Symphony arguably epitomises all that was brilliant about the Classical era and still dominates the concert halls today.
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
Royal Festival Hall stands at the heart of Southbank Centre complex. Opened in 1951 as part of the Festival of Britain, the Hall is one of the world's leading performance venues. As well as the auditorium, the building consists of The Clore Ballroom, Southbank Centre Shop, several places to eat and drink, and the Saison Poetry Library.www.southbankcentre.co.uk
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St John's Smith Square
Date: 17 Apr Time: 19:30