London Philharmonic Orchestra June Schedule
June 5th 2009 7:30pm
Royal Festival Hall
Debussy La Mer
Elgar Cello Concerto
Beethoven Symphony 5
Mario Venzago conductor
Torleif Thedéen cello
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Claude Debussy’s view of the orchestra was different from anyone else’s before him. For Debussy, the orchestra posed a panorama of possibilities: the creation of atmospheres irrespective of a thematic narrative, the conjuring of the exotic, the summoning of suggestive mists of musical impressionism with orchestral washes and instrumental fogs. Where Beethoven had explained and commanded, Debussy suggested and implied. And like his illustrious predecessor, he discovered a whole new orchestral language in the process.
June 6, 12, 21, 24 & 27 2009
Glyndebourne Festival Opera
Vladimir Jurowski conductor
Richard Jones director
Verdi's Falstaff (21 May-11 July), conducted by Vladimir Jurowski and directed by Richard Jones; Dvořák's Rusalka (5 July-28 August), conducted by Jiří Bělohlávek and directed by Melly Still; Donizetti's L'elisir d'amore (23 July–29 August), conducted by Maurizio Benini and directed by Annabel Arden, and Wagner's Tristan und Isolde (6–30 August), conducted by Vladimir Jurowski and directed by Daniel Dooner (reviving Nikolaus Lehnhoff's 2003 production).
June 7th 2009 3:00pm
Congress Theatre, Eastbourne
Beethoven Overture, Egmont
Beethoven Piano Concerto 3
Brahms Symphony 1
Ralf Sochaczewsky conductor
Finghin Collins piano
Launching mid-sentence, pushing outwards, inwards, upwards and downwards, Brahms’s First Symphony took a long time coming, but its opening bars herald the composer as one who was to address the symphony with distinctly original ideas. Yes, Beethoven’s insistence and thrust is there, as is the clipped finesse of early Brahms, but the rigour, ardour and depth is all new. This is a work for which the London Philharmonic Orchestra has developed an acclaimed affinity in recent years.
June 10th 2009 7:30pm
Mozart Flute Quartet in D, K. 285
Glinka Gran Sestetto Originale
Bartók Selection from 44 Duos for two violins
Dvořák String Sextet in A, Op. 48
Soloists of the London Philharmonic Orchestra
The series ends with a programme which is well varied in every respect: period, nationality, colouring, scale. The Mozart Quartet is his best known piece for flute and strings, with a delicate slow movement leading to an irresistible finale; London Philharmonic Orchestra flautist Susan Thomas is featured in this performance. Glinka’s Sextet for piano, string quartet and double-bass is an engaging early work by the pioneering ‘father of Russian music’. Bartók’s Duos for violins are infinitely imaginative miniatures, originally intended for students, based loosely on folk music. And Dvořák’s String Sextet, roughly contemporary with his first book of Slavonic Dances, ranks among the most tuneful and genial of all his compositions.