VASILY PETRENKO conductor
GEORGE LI piano
LONDON PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
Vasily Petrenko conducts
KHACHATURIAN Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia
TCHAIKOVSKY Piano Concerto No. 1
WALTON Symphony No. 1
William Walton was the original angry young composer. So forget everything you thought you knew about British music: Walton's First Symphony is a cry of rage from an age of anxiety, a controlled explosion of anger, ardour and shattering power. There's no possible way to follow it, so guest conductor Vasily Petrenko looks back to his childhood in the USSR, and starts the concert with the no-holds-barred romance of Khachaturian's famous Adagio. And pianist George Li was a medallist in the 2015 Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition in Moscow - so who better to join the musical battle-royale of Tchaikovsky's hugely popular First Piano Concerto?
FREE PRE-CONCERT EVENT
6.15 pm | Royal Festival Hall
Dr Kate Kennedy explores Walton's arrival on the symphonic stage with this First Symphony, joining the likes of Elgar and Vaughan Williams in this prolific period for English symphonists.
The London Philharmonic Orchestra's NOISE programme is supported by the Orchestra's Principal Beer Sponsor, Heineken.
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