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Santtu conducts Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony

Southbank Centre: Royal Festival HallBelvedere Road, London, Greater London, SE1 8XX, United Kingdom
Dates/times in London time zone
Thursday 06 May 202119:30

Beethoven’s Second Symphony stands on the cusp, where Classical poise and grace meet a more personal and passionate Romantic sensibility. Composed in Heiligenstadt in 1802, the symphony’s confident tone belies Beethoven’s struggle to come to terms with his advancing deafness.

Tchaikovsky’s Fourth, on the other hand, is a product of Romanticism at its height. A portentous horn fanfare opens its forty spellbinding minutes, bursting with deceptively simple melodies that become the building blocks for high emotional drama.

At the heart of the programme is Mozart’s wonderful Clarinet Concerto, composed for his friend and sometime gambling companion Anton Stadler. “Truly your instrument has so soft and lovely a tone that nobody with a heart could resist it,” wrote Mozart. And surely he would have said the same of the Philharmonia’s Co-Principal Clarinet Carlos Ferreira.

Music of Today:
Programme to be confirmed 

6pm, Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall

Free, ticket required

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