Jonathan Biss piano
MOZART Overture, The Marriage of Figaro
MOZART Piano Concerto No. 17, K453
SCHUBERT Symphony No. 9, The Great
An afternoon of Viennese genius with Schubert's mighty Ninth Symphony, alongside two works by Mozart.
Schubert's 'Great C major' Symphony (so-called to distinguish it from the earlier, shorter 'Little C major') combines the gift for melody that shines from Schubert's songs and chamber music with grand scale of a full symphony orchestra, to stunning effect. Schubert composed the symphony during a summer when it seemed he might be restored to health. He responded to this reprieve with music full of life and optimism, from the questing opening horn-call to the unstoppable momentum of the finale, in which he quotes Beethoven's 'Ode to Joy'.
In the first half, Mozart's overture to The Marriage of Figaro vividly conjures up the bustle of preparations for Figaro and Susanna's wedding. Then, one of Mozart's finest piano concertos. A graceful and uplifting first movement, a slow movement full of profound emotion, and a dazzling 'theme and variations' finale give the soloist the chance to display both technical skill and communicative gifts.
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.
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