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Vasily Petrenko conducts Vaughan Williams’ A London Symphony

Tuesday 26 April 2022, 7.30pm
Royal Festival Hall

COLERIDGE-TAYLOR Overture to The Song of Hiawatha
BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No.5, 'Emperor'
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS A London Symphony

Vasily Petrenko Conductor
Boris Giltburg Piano

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Tickets on sale Autumn 2021

Elgar described the late-nineteenth-century British composer, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor as ‘far and away the cleverest fellow going amongst younger men.’ The Song of Hiawatha is a trilogy of cantatas based on a poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and relating the adventures of the titular indigenous American. The elegiac and expansive Overture reminds us of the talents of this once lesser-performed composer.

Vasily Petrenko and Boris Giltburg have a celebrated and long-standing artistic partnership spanning decades both on stage and in the studio. Giltburg will join the Orchestra for Beethoven’s fifth and final piano concerto, popularly known as the ‘Emperor’ – a majestic masterpiece, remaining the composer’s best-known and most frequently performed piano concerto.

Ralph Vaughan Williams’ second symphony was written in the shadow of the impending Great War. Yet again, music reminds us of the precarious nature of one’s freedoms, whilst at the same time inspiring hope for a brighter future.

‘Every note pulses with life and warmth.’ The Guardian on Boris Giltburg


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