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Voices of 1945
Royal Festival Hall

Voices of 1945

Date: 19 Jan
Time: 19:30
Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor

Tom Blomfield, oboe

STRAVINSKY Symphony in Three Movements

Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts three masterworks composed for a world emerging from the destruction of the Second World War.

Ralph Vaughan Williams in Britain, Richard Strauss in Germany and Igor Stravinsky, newly emigrated to the United States: in 1945, the great composers of Western classical music responded in different ways to a new dawn.

Stravinsky referred to his turbulent, propulsive Symphony in Three Movements as his 'war symphony'. Richard Strauss, in the extraordinary creative Indian Summer at the end of his life but under the shadow of his complex relationship with the Nazi regime, looked further back in time for his elegant, classically-poised Oboe Concerto. Vaughan Williams' powerful, dramatic Sixth Symphony caused a sensation and was performed 100 times in the two years following its premiere.

Part of the opening weekend of celebrations to mark the 75 years of the Philharmonia Orchestra, this programme marks the music of the year of the Orchestra's birth, and makes connections through two composers - Strauss and Stravinsky, who were closely connected with the Philharmonia. The first recording of Strauss's Oboe Concerto was made in 1948 with the Orchestra and oboist Léon Goossens. Here it is performed by the Philharmonia's Principal Oboe, Tom Blomfield.

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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.


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