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Nutcracker: Santtu conducts Tchaikovsky
Royal Festival Hall

Nutcracker: Santtu conducts Tchaikovsky

Date: 5 Dec
Time: 15:00
Santtu-Matias Rouvali - conductor

Santtu-Matias Rouvali - conductor
Yefim Bronfman - piano

Santtu has put together an irresistible trio of favourites. From the gorgeous French horn theme of Semiramide to the music-box 'Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy', this is music to hum all the way home.

ROSSINI Semiramide Overture
RACHMANINOV Piano Concerto No. 3
TCHAIKOVSKY The Nutcracker Suite

Santtu-Matias Rouvali, the Philharmonia's new Principal Conductor, has put together an irresistible trio of audience favourites.

Santtu opens with Rossini's Overture to Semiramide, woven out of the most memorable melodies from the opera. Listen out for the gorgeous lullaby-like theme played by four French horns.

Next comes Rachmaninov's Third Piano Concerto, regarded as one of the most challenging peaks for any pianist to conquer. This masterpiece holds no fear for soloist Yefim Bronfman, a pianist at the top of his game 'who can seemingly play anything... the go-to guy for daunting concertos' (The New York Times).

Santtu loves to conduct ballet music - and often seems almost to be dancing himself on the podium. He's chosen the suite from Tchaikovsky's Christmas ballet The Nutcracker to complete tonight's programme. From the 'Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy' with its music-box melody played by the celesta, to the dreamy, swirling 'Waltz of the Flowers', this is music to hum all the way home.

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The Philharmonia is a world-class symphony orchestra for the 21st century, led by Principal Conductor Santtu-Matias Rouvali.

Founded in 1945, in part as a recording orchestra for the growing home audio market, the Philharmonia has always pioneered the use of technology to reach broader audiences for orchestral music. During the Coronavirus pandemic, it has continued to create outstanding performances, experienced online by listeners on five continents.


This Event is at Royal Festival Hall

 Southbank Centre SE1 8XX Belvedere Road, London

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.


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