BBC Philharmonic

Tuesday 1 October 7:30pm Classical Music
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Tickets £12.00 to £41.00

Venue: Royal Concert Hall

Running time: Doors: 6.00pm. Running time: 2 hours, estimated end time: 9.30pm

Important Information

Age Guidance: 7+

Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult aged 18+

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John Storgårds           conductor
Jennifer Pike               violin
Jonathan Scott           organ

Stravinsky                 Petrushka (1911 version)
Saint-Saëns                Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso
Ravel                            Tzigane
Saint-Saëns                Symphony No. 3 ‘Organ’

Our season opener throws a bright spotlight on orchestral power, bringing together a classic ballet score, a stunning pair of showpieces for violin, and a tour de force for orchestra and organ. Stravinsky’s Petrushka was one of the trio of great Ballet scores that established his reputation at the beginning of the twentieth century. Set at the St Petersburg Shrovetide Fair it tells the tale of its ill-fated puppet hero through some of the composer’s most evocative and moving music – practically a concerto for orchestra with a virtuoso piano part. The piano features prominently, too, in Saint-Saëns’ ever popular Third Symphony, this time with two pianists racing around the exhilarating finale before the organ adds some spine-tingling grandeur into the mix.

British violinist Jennifer Pike provides the sparkle at the heart of the concert with two pieces written especially for celebrated virtuosi of the day. It was the teenage sensation, Pablo de Sarasate who inspired Saint-Saëns to write his Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, whose dancing rhythms and bold colours reflected the soloist’s Spanish Heritage. Here they have the perfect complement in the Gypsy inflections of Ravel’s Tzigane, written for the memorably-named Hungarian, Jelly d’Arányi, and full of show-stopping, improvisatory fireworks.

Free pre-concert talk, 6.20pm in the auditorium: Professor Robert Adlington, Royal College of Music, introduces Stravinsky’s Petrushka.

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Bargain Seats
Tickets £9.50 from 12pm on the day of the concert online, by phone, or at the box office counter. Please note that these seats are subject to availability

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