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Alexander Shelley conducts Russian Masterpieces
Wednesday 10 April 2013 7.30pm
Fairfield Halls, Croydon
CONDUCTOR - Alexander Shelley
Piano - Peter Jablonski
31.50, 28.50, 25.50, 22, 18, 12

TCHAIKOVSKY Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture

RACHMANINOV Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini

RIMSKY-KORSAKOV Scheherazade

Emerging from a musical family, talented British conductor Alexander Shelley has firmly established himself on the international concert scene and makes a welcome return to the Orchestra for this spectacular programme. The dramatic Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture, for many the most perfect expression of the fate of those star-cross'd lovers is followed by Rachmaninov's lushly-scored set of variations for piano and orchestra, performed by Peter Jablonski. Scheherazade, a series of musical tales drawn from The Arabian Nights, remains Rimsky-Korsakov's best-loved work. The scoring is masterly, and its heady mix of sumptuous melody and overwhelming orchestral climaxes has served to maintain the universal popularity of the score.

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