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Video streamed event and on demand: Salonen conducts Britten and Ravel

Watch online on philharmonia.co.ukPhilharmonia OrchestraRecorded at Southbank Centre: Royal Festival Hall, London, United Kingdom
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Thursday 29 October 202019:30
On demand until Saturday 28 November 2020 19:30

The 2020/21 season is Esa-Pekka Salonen’s last as Principal Conductor & Artistic Advisor of the Philharmonia, a position he has held since 2008. For his first concert in this landmark season he has invited outstanding American soprano Julia Bullock to make her Philharmonia and Royal Festival Hall debut. 

At the heart of the programme is Britten’s Les Illuminations, a setting of nine poems by Rimbaud. Britten’s expressive writing for voice and strings, and Rimbaud’s vivid and fantastical texts, lure us into an unearthly, dreamlike world. Salonen and Bullock’s performance of this piece with the San Francisco Symphony was acclaimed as “something of a revelation… a performance of magnificent expansiveness” (San Francisco Chronicle). 

To frame the Britten, Salonen has chosen two equally evocative pieces by Ravel. His Pavane imagines a princess of the Spanish Golden Age in a slow, graceful dance. And each exquisitely delicate movement of the 1912 ballet he created from his Mother Goose Suite paints a vivid fairytale scene. Gentle flutes introduce Sleeping Beauty, sprightly percussion and woodwinds tell the story of the Empress of the Pagodas. 'Ravel's unmatched talent for orchestration gives every member of the Philharmonia a chance to shine. 

UK price: standard £12, with the option to add a donation and pay £20 (livestream is via TicketCo.)

Non-UK price: 10.90 EUR / USD (livestream is via Idagio's Digital Concert Hall)

© Allison Michael Orenstein
© Allison Michael Orenstein
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