SMETANA, MÁ VLASTJakub Hrusa
DVORAK Violin Concerto in A minor
SMETANA Má Vlast (complete)
Violinist Hilary Hahn has been called "America’s best classical musician", and tonight she brings all her world-class
artistry to a very Czech masterpiece: the lovely Violin Concerto by Antonin Dvorak. The title of Smetana’s Má Vlast meanwhile, simply means "My Country". But this isn’t just a series of colourful postcards from Bohemia. It’s an adventure, too — a tale of battles, warrior-maidens, and a nation awakening to freedom.
Jakub Hrusa is one of the Philharmonia's two newly announced Principal Conductors. Find out more here http://www.philharmonia.co.uk/news/article/31/the_philharmonia_announces_two_principal_guest_conductors_jakub_hrusa_and_santtu-matias_rouvali
6pm, pre-concert talk, FREE entry.
Jakub Hrusa in conversation with John Florance.
BRAHMS & TCHAIKOVSKY
Karl-Heinz Steffens conductor
Esther Yoo violin
BEETHOVEN Overture, Egmont
TCHAIKOVSKY Violin Concerto
BRAHMS Symphony No. 4
The great Romantic composers did everything on a grand scale, and from the jubilant trumpets of Beethoven’s Egmont overture to the storm clouds that tower over Brahms’s Fourth and final symphony, this concert is filled with emotions at their most uninhibited. So it’s the perfect setting for the “bewitching” young violinist Esther Yoo.
This concert is supported by Friends of the Philharmonia Orchestra.
ROMEO & JULIET
Krzysztof Urbanski conductor
Simon Trpceski piano
TCHAIKOVSKY Fantasy Overture, Romeo and Juliet
TCHAIKOVSKY Piano Concerto No. 1
PROKOFIEV Romeo and Juliet (excerpts)
Two houses, both alike in dignity… and two unashamedly melodious takes on Shakespeare’s greatest love story. Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet redefined musical romance, and gave us one of the most celebrated love themes in all music. And with his impassioned melodies, bittersweet harmonies and taut, angular rhythms, Sergei Prokofiev brought the star-cross’d lovers dancing into the 20th century. In between, superstar pianist Simon Trpceski brings his "phenomenal technique" (Daily Telegraph) to Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto.
BARTOK MEETS BEETHOVEN
THE DMU CHANCELLOR’S CONCERT
Juraj Valcuha conductor
Evgeni Bozhanov piano
KODALY Dances of Galánta
BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 3
BARTÓK Concerto for Orchestra
Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra isn’t just a magnificent showpiece for 80 world-class musicians. It’s a salute to
the human spirit by a composer in exile: filled with bold colours, supercharged dance-tunes and moments of piercing emotional honesty. This is music with a dash of paprika: an intoxicating climax to a concert that begins with the untrammelled joie de vivre of Zoltan Kodály’s riotous Hungarian dance suite, and stars the award-winning Evgeni Bozhanov as soloist in Beethoven’s darkest piano concerto.
LOVE STORIES FROM THE SILVER SCREEN
Carl Davis conductor
Programme to include music from:
Love Story, Gone with the Wind, La La Land, West Side Story, Dr Zhivago, Mamma Mia, Star Wars, James Bond, Romeo and Juliet, among many more.
Conducted by Carl Davis, Philharmonia at the Movies returns with a concert of some of the most iconic film scores
and unforgettable love songs from the greatest romantic films of all time. The themes of love, passion and romance shine through in the instantly recognisable yearning melody to 1970 film Love Story and the soaring notes that set the tone to Margaret Mitchell’s sweeping emotional epic Gone with the Wind, heard alongside soundtracks to Dr Zhivago, La La Land and the most tragic love story of all time, Romeo and Juliet.
6.15pm, pre-concert talk, FREE entry
Carl Davis in conversation with John Florance.
ESA-PEKKA SALONEN: MAHLER 1
Esa-Pekka Salonen conductor
David Fray piano
BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 2
MAHLER Symphony No. 1
A magical spring dawn — or the creation of the universe itself? One thing’s for sure: the opening of Mahler’s First Symphony is the start of a thrilling journey, and from that extraordinary beginning right through to the roof-raising finish, there’s no more dynamic guide than the great Esa-Pekka Salonen — the Philharmonia’s Principal Conductor & Artistic Advisor, and one of the finest living Mahler interpreters in the world today. Beethoven’s wittiest piano concerto should make a delightful complement.
6.15pm, pre-concert talk Garden Suite, FREE entry
An introduction to the evening’s programme.
PASSION & POETRY
Christoph Altstaedt conductor
Singers to be announced
WAGNER Siegfried Idyll
MASSENET Cendrillon (arias and excerpts)
VERDI La traviata (arias and excerpts)
LISZT Les préludes
Rising-star conductor Christoph Altstaedt brings a programme of romantic 19thcentury story-telling — both peratic and symphonic — to the De Montfort Hall stage. The evening opens and closes with two symphonic poems: Liszt’s lushly scored Les préludes and Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll. The music for the Idyll — later used in Wagner’s opera Siegfried — was composed for Wagner’s wife Cosima’s birthday, and first performed as a surprise for her on the stairs of their villa in Lucerne. In between, themes of love and heartache in two of the most popular operas of the Romantic era: Massenet’s Cinderella and the tragedy of Violetta in Verdi’s La traviata.