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Mozart & Bach
Royal Festival Hall

Mozart & Bach

Date: 21 Feb
Time: 19:30
Philippe Herreweghe conductor

Bertrand Chamayou piano

BACH Orchestral Suite No. 3
MOZART Piano Concerto No. 23, K488
MOZART Symphony No. 41, Jupiter, K551

Hear the sound of a 21st century orchestra transformed by conductor Philippe Herreweghe, one of the leading lights in the authentic interpretation of Baroque and Classical music.

Mozart's final symphony, given the nickname 'Jupiter' by an enterprising London impresario, is regarded by many as the high point of the Classical period. In its fourth movement Mozart pays homage to the music of Bach, and takes contrapuntal writing to new heights in a dazzling five-part fugue.

Bach's Orchestral Suite No. 3, scored for strings, trumpets, oboes and timpani, is a series of courtly dances - one of which gave us the melody now better known as 'Air on the G string'. Mendelssohn, a hugely influential advocate for Bach's music, once played the first movement to Goethe, who said that he imagined 'a procession of elegantly dressed people descending a great staircase.'

Betrand Chamayou, described by The Guardian as "a remarkable musician, no question", joins the orchestra for Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 23. Mozart wrote this to perform himself, and it displays the full range of his talent as both composer and performer. Sparkling outer movements frame an Adagio full of tender emotion.

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Royal Festival Hall

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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 Southbank Centre SE1 8XX Belvedere Road, London

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.


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