classical music

Voices of 1945

Part of Classical music

Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra in three masterworks composed for a world emerging from the destruction of the Second World War.

Ralph Vaughan Williams in Britain, Richard Strauss in Germany and Igor Stravinsky, newly emigrated to the United States: in 1945, the great composers of Western classical music responded in different ways to a new dawn.

Stravinsky referred to his turbulent, propulsive Symphony in Three Movements as his 'war symphony'.

Richard Strauss, in the extraordinary creative Indian Summer at the end of his life, but under the shadow of his complex relationship with the Nazi regime, looked further back in time for his elegant, classically poised Oboe Concerto.

Vaughan Williams' powerful, dramatic Sixth Symphony caused a sensation and was performed 100 times in the two years following its premiere.

Part of the opening weekend of celebrations to mark 75 years of the Philharmonia Orchestra, this selection marks the music of the year of the orchestra’s birth, and embraces two composers – Strauss and Stravinsky – who were closely connected with the Philharmonia.

The first recording of Strauss’s Oboe Concerto was made in 1948 with the Orchestra and oboist Léon Goossens.

Here it is performed by the Philharmonia's Principal Oboe, Tom Blomfield.

Performers

Philharmonia Orchestra
Esa-Pekka Salonen conductor
Tom Blomfield oboe

Repertoire

Vaughan Williams: Symphony No.6 in E minor
Interval
R Strauss: Oboe Concerto
Stravinsky: Symphony in Three Movements

Dates & times

19 Jan 2020
Approximate run time: 120 mins
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where

Royal Festival Hall

Pricing

£12 - £58
Booking fee: £3.00 (Members £0.00)

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Ticketing

Multi-buy discount
Book multiple Philharmonia Orchestra events in the same transaction and receive a discount: 3 – 5 events (10% discount); 6 – 8 events (15% discount); 9 – 11 events (20% discount); 12 – 14 events (25% discount); 15 or more events (30% discount). Events must be in the 2019/20 season. Please note these savings exclude Christmas concerts (12 & 15 December 2019) and The English Patient (5 June 2020). Not available on Premium seats.

Related events
Royal Festival Hall at 6pm: Insights Talk: 75 Years of the Philharmonia Orchestra, hosted by BBC Radio 3 broadcaster Ian Skelly. Admission free