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Salonen Part 1: Spring Awakening
Royal Festival Hall

Salonen Part 1: Spring Awakening

Date: 24 Feb
Time: 19:30
Esa-Pekka Salonen conductor

Truls Mørk cello

SIBELIUS The Oceanides
BARTÓK Concerto For Orchestra

Cast off the darkness of winter with music of rebirth and optimism - enjoy Bartók's new lease of life in his Concerto for Orchestra, and look to the future with Salonen's spirited Cello Concerto.

Esa-Pekka Salonen wrote his Cello Concerto for his friend Yo-Yo Ma, who gave its first performances in 2017. With a conductor's insight into the inner workings of the orchestra and a characteristically fearless attitude to innovation, Salonen has created a piece that stretches the cellist's technique to its limits and holds the listener's attention from start to finish.

"The cello does battle with a swirling orchestra, a hyperactive set of bongos, and even, through live tape looping, its own shadow" (New York Times).

Bartòk had composed nothing for four years and was sick in hospital in New York when Serge Koussevitsky asked him to write a new piece for the Boston Symphony Orchestra. The commission gave him a new lease of life, and seven weeks later he had completed the Concerto for Orchestra. This vibrant work gives each section of the orchestra a chance to shine, and is rich with influences from throughout Bartòk's career, from Bach fugues to Hungarian folk dances.

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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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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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