Herbert Blomstedt, conductor
MOZART Symphony No. 40, K550
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 3, Eroica
In Herbert Blomstedt's second concert, hear his take on two definitive symphonies.
Instantly recognisable, the nervous melody that opens Mozart's most famous symphony gives rise to music of passion and excitement. A brief respite in the gentle second movement is interrupted by the forceful minuet melody in the third, with dashes of colour from the woodwind amidst unsettled harmonies. Mozart's final movement returns to the agitation of the opening, with rapid melodies and thrilling dynamic shifts.
Musical drama fills Beethoven's Eroica Symphony too, but with a more personal connection. Its themes of struggle and triumph have been interpreted as autobiographical - Beethoven had begun to go deaf, but had overcome his initial despair and determined to find hope and purpose in his art. One of the first fruits of his decision was this glorious, groundbreaking piece, voted the greatest symphony of all time in a 2016 poll of over 150 conductors from around the world.
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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Date: 17 Apr Time: 19:30