Santtu-Matias Rouvali - conductor
Alexandre Kantorow - piano
From the pulsing drum of Ravel's Boléro and Saint-Saëns's piano concerto full of virtuosity and lyricism to the fairytale wonders of Scheherazade. This afternoon's programme gives every musician on stage a moment in the spotlight.
SAINT-SAËNS Piano Concerto No. 2
A quiet but inexorable snare drum rhythm opens Ravel's Boléro. It ushers in a haunting melody that's passed around the orchestra, slowly building to a roof-raising climax.
Alexandre Kantorow triumphed in the International Tchaikovsky Competition in 2019, and Gramophone described him as 'the real deal, a fire-breathing virtuoso.' Saint-Saëns's dazzling Piano Concerto No. 2 demands every ounce of virtuosity he can muster, but there's poetry too in the opening movement, and a carefree playfulness in the central Scherzo.
In Scheherazade, Rimsky-Korsakov said he wanted to evoke the 'fairytale wonders' of The 1001 Nights. A tender, graceful solo violin melody represents Scheherazade herself, and Rimsky-Korsakov deploys all the colours of the orchestra as she tells her bewitching tales of princes and princesses, sailors and storms.
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.
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