Royal Philharmonic Orchestra: Music in Flight

London, Cadogan Hall
London, United Kingdom
Cadogan Hall
Wed 13 May 19:30
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Opening the concert is Finlandia, Sibelius’ bold statement on a Finnish national identity that offers a glimpse of the soul of a nation and an urge to escape Russian oppression. His Symphony No. 5 further explores the composer’s admiration for the natural beauty of his homeland, creating a tangible sense of awe from the opening statement from the brass to the staggered cadence of the exultant finale.


Also featuring in the programme is Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings, an eight-movement setting of British poems that includes works by Alfred Tennyson, William Blake and John Keats, and is framed by haunting solos from the french horn.


Arvo Pärt’s Fratres is a mesmerising work that alternates between frantic trombone arpeggios, a repeating percussion motif and unearthly moments of stillness in the strings that blur the lines between accompaniment and melody to beautiful effect.


This concert is preceded by an RPO Prelude at 6pm. (Please note earlier start time than previous RPO Preludes.)


Duration: approx. 2 hours (incl. interval)

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PROGRAMME

Sibelius Finlandia
Britten Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings
Arvo Pärt Fratres
Sibelius Symphony No. 5


PERFORMERS

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Robin Tritschler tenor*
Richard Watkins french horn
Matthew Gee trombone
Anu Tali conductor

(*Please note change of artist from that previously advertised.)

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    Opening the concert is Finlandia, Sibelius’ bold statement on a Finnish national identity that offers a glimpse of the soul of a nation and an urge to escape Russian oppression. His Symphony No. 5 further explores the composer’s admiration for the natural beauty of his homeland, creating a tangible sense of awe from the opening statement from the brass to the staggered cadence of the exultant finale.


    Also featuring in the programme is Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings, an eight-movement setting of British poems that includes works by Alfred Tennyson, William Blake and John Keats, and is framed by haunting solos from the french horn.


    Arvo Pärt’s Fratres is a mesmerising work that alternates between frantic trombone arpeggios, a repeating percussion motif and unearthly moments of stillness in the strings that blur the lines between accompaniment and melody to beautiful effect.


    This concert is preceded by an RPO Prelude at 6pm. (Please note earlier start time than previous RPO Preludes.)


    Duration: approx. 2 hours (incl. interval)

  • Programme & Performers

    PROGRAMME

    Sibelius Finlandia
    Britten Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings
    Arvo Pärt Fratres
    Sibelius Symphony No. 5


    PERFORMERS

    Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Robin Tritschler tenor*
    Richard Watkins french horn
    Matthew Gee trombone
    Anu Tali conductor

    (*Please note change of artist from that previously advertised.)

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