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Santtu conducts Elgar’s Enigma Variations

The Philharmonia Orchestra’s 2023/24 season closes with Elgar’s enduringly popular Enigma Variations, conducted by Santtu-Matias Rouvali, featuring Sol Gabetta and Shostakovich's First Cello Concerto.

  • Philharmonia
Royal Festival Hall
Thu 6 Jun7.30 pm
2 hours 0 minutes
Conductor(s):

Santtu-Matias Rouvali

Performer(s):

Sol Gabetta – cello

Programme

LISZT Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2

SHOSTAKOVICH Cello Concerto No. 1

— Interval —

ELGAR Enigma Variations 

About this event

The Philharmonia Orchestra’s 2023/24 season closes with Elgar’s enduringly popular paean to friendship.

Well-known performers of Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 include Tom and Jerry (in 1946 Oscar-winner The Cat Concerto), Woody Woodpecker and Rowlf the Dog on The Muppet Show. Santtu has chosen it to get the Philharmonia’s season finale off to a rousing start.

At the heart of the programme is Shostakovich’s fiery Cello Concerto No. 1. Widely considered the height of achievement for a cellist, the piece gives the principal horn, celesta, and indeed every member of the orchestra, the chance to shine too. Sol Gabetta’s last performance of this concerto with the Philharmonia was acclaimed as ‘a compelling account shot through with playfulness and poetic rhapsodising… technically formidable’ (Bachtrack).

The Enigma Variations, Elgar’s tribute to his closest friends, crowns the programme and the season. From the tender grace of the first variation, representing his beloved wife Alice, to the solemn grandeur of ‘Nimrod’, and other character sketches full of warmth and humour, this is the work that launched Elgar on the road to his status as a national treasure.

Venue details

Royal Festival Hall

Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX

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