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London Philharmonic Orchestra: The Four Seasons

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Southbank Centre: Royal Festival HallBelvedere Road, London, Greater London, SE1 8XX, United Kingdom
On Friday 24 November 2017 at 19:30

They called Alexander Glazunov 'the Russian Mendelssohn' but he was very much his own man, and his 1896 ballet The Seasons is a delight. Tuneful, joyous and glowing with colour, it's the missing link in Russian ballet between Tchaikovsky and Stravinsky – and its exuberant final Bacchanale is the kind of melody that stays with you for life. It will throw a fascinating light on Vivaldi's four evergreen concertos, played tonight by the Orchestra's Leader Pieter Schoeman. In between comes a real discovery from guest conductor Marius Stravinsky: Dmitry Kabalevsky’s enchantingly atmospheric musical portrait of spring, in the form of a waltz.

Pieter Schoeman’s chair in the Orchestra is generously supported by Neil Westreich.

Marius Stravinsky © ICA
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