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Sibelius & Ravel
Royal Festival Hall

Sibelius & Ravel

Date: 24 Jan
Time: 19:30
Santtu-Matias Rouvali conductor

Alice Sara Ott piano

RAVEL La valse
RAVEL Piano Concerto in G
SIBELIUS Valse triste
SIBELIUS Symphony No. 1

Spellbinding dark waltzes, jazz-inspired harmonies, and vast Nordic landscapes: dive into the irresistible sounds of Sibelius and Ravel.

In 2016, Bachtrack hailed "Alice Sara Ott's startling performance with the Philharmonia, a barnstorming rendition which gripped from first note until last." She returns to perform Ravel's Piano Concerto in G, composed after a concert tour of the USA in 1928 and woven through with the sounds of the jazz he encountered there.

Ravel wrote of the 'joie de vivre' he found in the rhythm of the waltz, but in La Valse we survey his 'immense hall peopled with a whirling crowd' through the prism of the destruction of the First World War. The work was originally commissioned by Diaghilev for a ballet, but though he declared it a masterpiece he said it was 'not suitable' - the two men never spoke again, and had to be dissuaded by friends from fighting a duel over the incident.

Sibelius's Valse Triste, another darkly beautiful subversion of the dance, paves the way for his First Symphony. Finnish conductor Santtu-Matias Rouvali, appointed Principal Guest Conductor of the Philharmonia last season, brings his irresistible energy to this work full of sweeping melodies, evocative of vast Nordic landscapes.

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The Philharmonia Orchestra is a world-class symphony orchestra for the 21st century, led by Principal Conductor & Artistic Advisor Esa-Pekka Salonen.

The Orchestra's home is Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall, London, where it presents over 50 performances each year. Six other residencies across the UK bring the Philharmonia to a wide national audience. Internationally, the Philharmonia is active across Europe, Asia and the USA.

The Philharmonia was founded in 1945. It has been self-governing since 1964 and is owned by its 80 members. Salonen has been Principal Conductor since 2008. Jakub Hrusa and Santtu-Matias Rouvali are Principal Guest Conductors and honorary conductor positions are held by Christoph von Dohnányi and Vladimir Ashkenazy.


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