Brian Wright on ‘the King Kong of requiems’

There is no more thrilling place to be, says conductor Brian Wright, than standing in the middle of Berlioz’s Grande Messe des Morts. So he’s in luck: on Monday 30 November, he and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra will perform the piece at the Royal Albert Hall – a good place for it, according to Wright.

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Top Brass (review)

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An outstanding concert opened with the witty echoes of ‘O.B.1 Fanfare’ by Tom Watson – a bite sized pastiche of just about every Hollywood blockbuster you could think of – with an emphasis on the John Williams genre (even with its ‘Star Wars’ inspired title).

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José Serebrier and the Golden Age

Hollywood comes to the Royal Albert Hall on Wednesday 4 November when the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra performs some of the greatest film scores from the Golden Age of the movies, under the inspired direction of legendary conductor José Serebrier.

It promises to be a match made in tinseltown: the RPO, an orchestra with recording credits including The Bridge on the River Kwai and The Red Shoes, and Serebrier who, in addition to being an acclaimed, multi-Grammy Award-winning conductor famed for his interpretations of Glazunov, has composed for film as well as for one of Hollywood’s biggest stars. He is, therefore, just the man to create more than a little movie magic on this special night.

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RPO/Dutoit review – dexterity and refinement

THE GUARDIAN

Charles Dutoit’s Prom with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra was Shostakovich’s 15th Symphony – his most cryptic, some would say. Written in 1971, when the composer’s health was already failing, it’s a terminal, introverted, bitterly funny piece that draws its listeners into a world of riddles, allusions and private jokes as its themes morph into other men’s music – notably Rossini’s and Wagner’s – or into other works by Shostakovich himself. No other symphony yields up its secrets quite so obdurately; arguments about its meaning are legion.

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2015/aug/20/prom-45-rpo-dutoit-review-dexterity-and-refinement

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