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Journeys of Discovery: Destiny | Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Sunday April 23, 2023 at 19:30
Royal Festival Hall, London
£10 - £50
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  1. L'apprenti sorcier, 'The Sorcerer's Apprentice' - Paul Dukas
  2. Concerto for cello and orchestra in E minor Op 85 - Sir Edward Elgar
  3. Manfred Symphony Op 58 - Pyotr Tchaikovsky

Dukas and Tchaikovsky spirit us away into worlds of sorcerers and ghosts, while Elgar’s bittersweet concerto grounds us in the fragility of life.

Right from jaunty trio of bassoons that dance the first theme of Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Dukas offers us a masterclass in orchestral colour. Each episode of Goethe’s ballad is imagined in playful detail, from the march of the brooms to the raucous mayhem that ensues.

Elgar’s concerto brings us back to the somber realities of life. Part lament for the First World War, and written in the autumn of his life, it yearns for a simpler, untainted past. It is a moment of contemplation in an otherwise energetic programme.

The writer Harold Schonberg once described Tchaikovsky’s music being ‘as emotional as a scream from a window on a dark night.’ His Manfred Symphony is a perfect example. In Byron’s dramatic poem and ghost story, Manfred is a man tormented by guilt and remorse who uses the dark arts to summon spirits to help him forget his past and escape his fate.

Tchaikovsky’s fateful music makes the perfect partner for Manfred’s travails while also delighting in his escapes into fantasy. The work contains both the lightest, most impressionistic moments and the loudest climax he ever wrote.

‘To experience Daniel Müller-Schott’s intimate and instinctive understanding of the cello’s sound world throughout this wide variety of unaccompanied works is a completely compelling musical journey.’
Gramophone on Daniel Müller-Schott

Unfortunately Truls Mørk is no longer able to perform due to illness. We are grateful to Daniel Müller-Schott for stepping in. The programme remains unchanged.

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