Sunday 6 Oct 2019, 7pmRoyal Festival Hall, London
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Vladimir Ashkenazy conductor
Paavo Järvi conductor
Santtu-Matias Rouvali conductor
Elim Chan conductor
Schubert Symphony No. 8, Unfinished
Richard Strauss Suite, Der Rosenkavalier
Tchaikovsky Fantasy Overture, Romeo and Juliet
Elgar Enigma Variations
Four leading conductors closely associated with the Philharmonia Orchestra perform the music of four centuries in this third concert of HarrisonParrott’s anniversary series 50 Years in a Day.
We begin the evening with Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony, conducted by Paavo Järvi, 'one of the most admired conductors of the day' (The Guardian). Although unfinished in the usual four-movement structure, this B minor Symphony is a complete, essential and mysterious symphonic experience.
Our Principal Guest Conductor Santtu-Matias Rouvali brings his ‘imaginative, often spectacular musicality’ (LA Times) to Richard Strauss’ orchestral suite drawn from his glorious opera Der Rosenkavalier. It’s a whirl of orchestral virtuosity and Viennese waltzes bringing together the highlights of a comic love story.
Recently appointed as Chief Conductor Designate of the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra, Elim Chan conducts Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece Romeo and Juliet, the tone poem which encompasses in one movement the genius and passions of Shakespeare’s incomparable play.
To conclude the concert, our Conductor Laureate Vladimir Ashkenazy, and HarrisonParrott’s own founding father, whose collaboration and friendship with the orchestra has continued over 50 years, conduct Elgar’s Enigma Variations, so appropriately dedicated ‘to my friends pictured within’.
This concert is presented by Harrison Parrott.