Kian Soltani (RPO Artist in Residence 2019) - Cello
The RPO's London Season gets underway with Dvorak, Elgar and Smetana
SMETANA Má Vlast: Vltava
ELGAR Cello Concerto
DVORAK Symphony No.8
The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra opens its 2019-2020 series at Cadogan Hall with stunning works that evoke the colours of the landscapes that inspired them.
Raising the curtain is Smetana's 'Vltava' from Má Vlast, a symphonic poem portraying a morning on Prague's Moldau river, in which the dancing playfulness of the flutes and unique glimmer of the strings give the piece an irresistible charm. Following is Elgar's Cello Concerto, a staple of English Romanticism performed by renowned cellist and RPO Artist in Residence 2019, Kian Soltani. The beautifully stark opening statement from the soloist sets the tone of the work's emotional core that has not lost any of its impact nearing the 100th anniversary of its premiere.
Dvorak's Symphony No.8 leans heavily on the natural folk rhythms of his homeland to paint a picture-perfect summer in Bohemia. Thunderstorms of brass and timpani interrupt at choice moments that heighten the atmosphere's tension, but never overstay their welcome to dampen the buoyant and strongly optimistic tone of the Symphony.
For more than seven decades the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) has been at the forefront of music-making in the UK. The Orchestra's regular performances at its London home Cadogan Hall are complemented by a distinguished series at Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall, a hugely popular series at the Royal Albert Hall and frequent visits to its seven principal residencies across the UK. With a wider reach than any other UK large ensemble, the RPO has truly become Britain's national orchestra.www.rpo.co.uk
Cadogan Estates purchased the Hall in 2000 to safeguard its future. Through their connection with Opera Holland Park, Cadogan discovered that the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra was looking for a permanent base in London. The Orchestra is proud to have assisted with Cadogan's aim to bring the former church back into useful life in a manner befitting its character and civic presence.
Despite the scale of the auditorium, the combined effects of the stage, the steeply raked stalls and the low gallery create a surprisingly intimate venue where audiences can experience a very real feeling of being part of the performance.
The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is proud to be Cadogan Hall's Resident Orchestra.
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