Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Pinchas Zukerman at Royal Festival Hall – Beethoven

CLASSICAL SOURCE

The Overture to Egmont is a tricky number to start unanimously, as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Pinchas Zukerman demonstrated. When settled this nominally dramatic opener hung fire somewhat, rather contemplative if musically observant regarding detail and dynamics (typically); short on theatre as the whole was though, it meant that the triumphant coda became more of a Pyrrhic victory.

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Virtuoso's visit is a tour de force

HENLEY STANDARD

LAST Sunday, consistent with their adventurous classical music programming, the Hexagon in Reading hosted one of the great London orchestras, the Royal Philharmonic, in its 70th anniversary season — and, in his eighth season as principal guest conductor, one of the greatest violin virtuosi, Pinchas Zukerman.

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The Music of John Williams concert review Hull City Hall

ON: YORKSHIRE MAGAZINE

When you host a John Williams concert, choosing which tracks go into the running time is a tricky choice.

Obviously, the main themes from Star Wars, Superman, Jaws, ET, and Raiders of the Lost Ark are high on the list. As are Harry Potter and Jurassic Park. It’s the sort of track list you’d find on ‘Now That’s What I Call John Williams’ Greatest Hits’.

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A conversation with Marin Alsop

Journalist Julian Worricker recently caught up with Artist in Residence at Southbank Centre, conductor Marin Alsop, to talk about our upcoming concert at the Royal Festival Hall (Monday 27 February).

Marin Alsop’s first outing in many years at the helm of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra will offer a "triumph of the human spirit" in Copland's Fanfare for the Common Man, a touch of joie de vivre in Renaud Capuçon's Mendelssohn Violin Concerto (Alsop taking  a "partner role"), and a mammoth response to the 1941 Leningrad siege in Shostakovich's "massive on every level" Symphony No.7.

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  • Friday 3 February 2017
    A conversation with Marin Alsop
  • Friday 6 January 2017
    Preview: what's in store at the Royal Festival Hall?
  • Wednesday 4 January 2017
    Challenge, Emotion and Expression: Tamsin Waley-Cohen discusses life as a musician

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  • Wednesday 8 February 2017
    Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Pinchas Zukerman at Royal Festival Hall – Beethoven
  • Tuesday 7 February 2017
    Virtuoso's visit is a tour de force
  • Friday 3 February 2017
    The Music of John Williams concert review Hull City Hall