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Symphonic Colours | Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

When
Thursday February 20, 2020 at 19:30
Where
Cadogan Hall, London
Tickets
£40, £32.50, £25, £15
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  1. Overture, from A Life for the Tsar - Mikhail Glinka
  2. Concerto for violin, cello and orchestra in A minor Op 102 - Johannes Brahms
  3. Symphony No 5 in E minor Op 64 - Pyotr Tchaikovsky

Few works could be described as a cornerstone of Russian music other than Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No 5. The use of the recurring Fate theme as an emotional core, though common for the composer, paints new orchestral colours in each movement with intensity and purpose. Its frequent use hints also at deep anxiety that plagued the composer, underlying even when the sullen final movement is broken by a triumphant conclusion in E major. Despite the composer’s doubts, it is rightfully celebrated as one of the great Romantic symphonies.

Brahms’s Double Concerto written for violin, cello and orchestra makes for an exquisite first half with RPO Leader Duncan Riddell and Principal Cello Richard Harwood. A masterpiece of virtuosic writing and instrumentation, Brahms’s last orchestral work set new boundaries for the possibilities of the concerto form.


Venue
Cadogan Hall
5 Sloane Terrace
London
London
SW1X 9DQ
England
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