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London Philharmonic Orchestra: SHAKESPEARE400

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Southbank Centre: Royal Festival HallBelvedere Road, London, Greater London, SE1 8XX, United Kingdom
On Wednesday 3 February 2016 at 19:30

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Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts the music of Dvorák and Brahms.

After a rapturous performance of his Slavonic Rhapsody with the Vienna Philharmonic in 1879, Dvorák promised the orchestra and its conductor Hans Richter a new symphony. When Dvorák played through the score at the piano a year later, Richter embraced him after each movement.

Richter eventually conducted the Symphony here in London in 1882, and the work's unprecedented breadth and power and stream of unfolding, growing ideas made the composer's name in this city.

One commentator has said of the piece that it 'outstrips Brahms in its radiance and freshness'. Judge for yourself as Lisa Batiashvili and Maximilian Hornung perform the 'endless love song between two instruments' that is Brahms's Double Concerto.

Royal Festival Hall at 6pm. SHAKESPEARE400. Othello the catalyst: Professor Russ McDonald, Goldsmiths University of London, and Professor Clare McManus, University of Roehampton, reflect on Othello's popularity with adaptors and composers and on its role as a lightning rod for perceptions of ethnicity, religion and gender. Free.

Yannick Nézet-Séguin © Marco Borggreve
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