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

ELY STANDARD

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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Operatic drama in Saint-Saëns' “Organ Symphony " from Jean-Luc Tingaud and the RPO

BACHTRACK

For this concert, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra paired two major works, staples of the repertoire, by Bruch and Saint-Saëns, composers who differed markedly in their compositional attitudes. Bruch died a dinosaur who whole-heartedly avoided developments in music, his deeply 19th-century style considered antiquated by 1920s audiences.

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An Impressive Start to the RPO’s Sibelius/Prokofiev Series

SEEN AND HEARD INTERNATIONAL

This performance by Alexander Shelley and the RPO was the first in a series of four concerts at Cadogan Hall entitled, Symphonic Soundscapes: The Music of Prokofiev and Sibelius. In the well written and informative programme notes Shelley said he wanted to “delve into the inspirations, styles and nuances of these two eminent composers, each with their own incredible journey towards symphonic and orchestral greatness”. Shelley has a very engaging stage manner and he introduced the series and the works to be performed at the concert from the stage.

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Callum Smart makes stunning debut with the RPO

BACHTRACK ★★★★

No hangovers yesterday in Cheltenham, the night after the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra's gala concert at the Royal Albert Hall. Sixty players asserted themselves in Beethoven's overture to Fidelio under the strict, determined direction of conductor Matthew Halls, making his RPO debut.

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