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Rouvali Conducts Sibelius 5

Part of Classical Season 2019/20

The Philharmonia Orchestra and ‘the hottest conductor in Finland’ (The Times) take you from soldiers’ tales to the ecstatic heights of Sibelius.

Sibelius’ Fifth Symphony would make it into many listeners’ top ten.

It begins with a whisper from horns and timpani, which spreads through the woodwind section in a glorious evocation of sunrise.

The second movement is a set of variations on a simple, wistful theme.

Then comes the moment Sibelius fans have been waiting for – the magnificent ‘swan’ theme of the finale, with its jubilant horn chords and sweeping strings.

Sibelius wrote it after witnessing the awe-inspiring sight of sixteen swans in flight: ‘One of the great experiences of my life! God, how beautiful,’ he wrote in his diary.

Violinist Nemanja Radulovic topped the classical charts with his recording of Khachaturian’s Violin Concerto for Deutsche Grammophon in 2018.

He has all the virtuosity required for the folk-infused first movement, the soulfulness for the second movement’s melancholy song, and the flamboyance for the fiery finale.

To open the evening, Santtu-Matias Rouvali introduces us to Háry János, the eponymous protagonist of Kodaly’s folk opera.

In the suite Kodaly created from the opera, Hungarian cimbalom, alto saxophone, tubular bells and bass trombone are invoked to add their vivid colours to the tall tales of an old soldier.

Performers

Philharmonia Orchestra
Santtu-Matias Rouvali conductor
Nemanja Radulovic violin

Repertoire

Kodály: Háry János Suite, Op.15
Khachaturian: Violin Concerto
Interval
Sibelius: Symphony No.5 in E flat

Dates & times

21 May 2020
Approximate run time: 125 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.

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