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Herbert Blomstedt & Maria João Pires
Royal Festival Hall

Herbert Blomstedt & Maria João Pires

Date: Thu 26 May
Time: 19:30
Herbert Blomstedt - conductor

Maria João Pires - piano

Two revered artists with over 170 years' experience between them join the Philharmonia for this landmark event in London's orchestral calendar.

MOZART Piano Concerto No. 23, K. 488
BRUCKNER Symphony No. 7 (Nowak edition)

Conductor Herbert Blomstedt and pianist Maria João Pires both bring a lifetime's insight and an infectious joy and vitality to their performances. This is a rare opportunity to hear them perform live with the Philharmonia, in the repertoire for which they are best known.

In Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 23, a lithe and graceful first movement, a deeply expressive central Adagio, and an effervescent finale illuminate the different facets of Pires's musical personality. Even if you've heard this concerto many times before, "Pires makes you listen with new ears" (Bachtrack) - and if it's your first time, you're in the best possible hands.

Herbert Blomstedt has spent a significant part of his 94 years immersed in the music of Bruckner. Allow him to be your guide through this elemental, almost sacred work, which one writer described as 'like walking around a cathedral, and taking in each aspect of it". By turns serene, majestic, terrifying and passionate, Bruckner 7 richly deserves its place in many a list of the greatest symphonies of all time.

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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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