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The End of Reason

Southbank Centre: Queen Elizabeth HallBelvedere Road, London, Greater London, SE1 8XX, United Kingdom
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Friday 04 June 202119:00

The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (OAE) conclude their 2020-21 season, The Edge of Reason by holding up a mirror to the last and most complicated frontier of rationality, ourselves. In Strauss’ orchestral suite about the comic character of Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme, Monsieur Jourdain, we see ourselves struggling with the things we know we shouldn’t think and do. He is the central figure of the season and a reminder of the absurdity of conforming to convention at the expense of reason.

Internationally regarded pianist, Alexander Melnikov, makes his debut with the OAE in Shostakovich’s referential Concerto No. 1, with David Blackadder, OAE Principal Trumpet. This concerto was ground-breaking at the time for its use of musical quotes including Beethoven's Rage Over a Lost Penny, Haydn's D major Piano Sonata and a slice of the composer's own Hamlet incidental music.

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