Classical review: Symphonic Soundscapes by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

DAILY EXPRESS ★★★★

THE Royal Phil is currently showing off its New Year wares in its Sloane Square home with a diet of “richly satisfying sandwiches”, as conductor Shelley put it, chatting away to us from his podium.

Who can resist Prokofiev’s “Classical” Symphony, his first? Just to prove that anything revered Austrian classicist Joseph Haydn could do he could do better, Prokofiev produced his first symphony aged 26 in 1917.

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Chloë Hanslip Shines in the Sibelius Violin Concerto

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This was the second concert in the series ‘Symphonic Soundscapes: The Music of Prokofiev and Sibelius‘ being presented by Alexander Shelley and the RPO at Cadogan Hall. As in the previous concert (review) Shelley introduced the works from the stage and drew attention to the role Prokofiev and Sibelius had in helping to forge the national identities of their respective countries following the Russian Revolution of 1917.

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Frenzy and passion: intense Sibelius from Chloë Hanslip and Alexander Shelley's fiery Prokofiev

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As I was doing the recycling the other day, my mind turned briefly to the different ways in which composers sometimes recycle, revise or reuse music. Taking the pieces in this programme by Alexander Shelley and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra as examples. Sibelius' Violin Concerto in D minor was written in 1904 but was revised heavily in 1905, the third movement of Prokofiev's Symphony no. 1 in D major "Classical" was also used in his ballet Romeo and Juliet, and his Symphony no. 3 in C minor used music from an unperformed opera.

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Review: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra play the film scores of John Williams at Cambridge Corn Exchange

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The audience saw sweeping pictures in their heads when the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra played the music of John Williams at Cambridge Corn Exchange on Saturday, January 21.

The evening began with the triumphant main theme from Superman. So appropriate. In movie music terms, Williams is Superman. Composing for over 50 decades he has won five Oscars and received 50 nominations.

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