RACHMANINOV Piano Concerto No. 1
TCHAIKOVSKY Swan Lake, excerpts
No need to choose between a firework display, a night at the ballet, or an opportunity to hear one of today's top pianists - Santtu-Matias Rouvali rolls all three into one thrilling concert.
'Balletic' is a word that comes to mind when watching Santtu-Matias Rouvali conduct, and tonight he turns to the quintessential ballet composer, Tchaikovsky. Swan Lake richly deserves its place as one of the most popular pieces in the orchestral repertoire. Conjuring up the grace of the swan-maidens, the terrifying power of the villain who has them under his spell, and the pathos of Siegfried and Odette's doomed love, this is music that lingers long in the memory.
Nikolai Lugansky, a pianist who 'has the Russian sound at his fingertips' (Financial Times) is the soloist in Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No. 1. Rachmaninov wrote the first version of this piece when he was just 18 years old. Outer movements already full of his trademark sweeping melodies and fiery showmanship frame a ravishing central Nocturne.
Stravinsky's scintillating Fireworks opens the evening. Composed as a wedding present for the daughter of his composition tutor Rimsky-Korsakov, this piece packs such energy, originality and skill into its four minutes that it convinced Diaghilev to commission The Firebird for the Ballets Russes.
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, with Santtu-Matias Rouvali being appointed Principal Conductor Designate. Jakub Hrusa is their Principal Guest Conductor, 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: 10 Nov Time: 14:30