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London Philharmonic Orchestra: SHAKESPEARE400 - Anniversary Gala concert

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Southbank Centre: Royal Festival HallBelvedere Road, London, Greater London, SE1 8XX, United Kingdom
On Saturday 23 April 2016 at 19:30

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Vladimir Jurowski conducts music inspired by Shakespeare, with readings directed by Simon Callow.

The gala concert marks the 400th year since the death of the greatest playwright that ever lived.

'I have had him in my hands from my earliest youth', said Giuseppe Verdi of William Shakespeare, 'I have read and reread him continually.' Verdi wasn't alone. Shakespeare's body of plays has exercised more influence over composers and musicians than anything else in literature bar the Bible.

This concert opens with music from Verdi's setting of Othello – probably the most bold and significant music he would write – and closes with music from his final, ebullient masterpiece, Falstaff. In between come orchestral and operatic settings from Britten, Mendelssohn, Berlioz, Prokofiev and Adès, each filled with character and overflowing with drama.

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