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Steven Isserlis plays Haydn

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Booking for Friends of the Philharmonia opens at 10am on Thursday, 1 July. General booking opens Thursday, 8 July.

Steven Isserlis on stage


Philippe Herreweghe – conductor
Steven Isserlis – cello


Bach Orchestral Suite No. 4

Haydn Cello Concerto No. 1

— Interval —

Mozart Symphony No. 39

Bach, Haydn and Mozart – 21st-century listeners still can’t get enough of these three 18th-century greats.

Steven Isserlis is a consummate musician with an open-hearted delight in the music he performs – if he could meet Joseph Haydn they would no doubt find they had a lot in common. He is one of today’s leading interpreters of Haydn’s brilliant Cello Concerto No. 1, rediscovered in a Prague museum in 1961, 200 years after it was written. In Isserlis’s own words, this is “the greatest Classical cello concerto. It’s full of joy, of joyous virtuosity. It’s perfect.”

Oboes and bassoon play a starring role in this evening’s opening piece. Bach’s suite begins with a regal overture, heralding a series of courtly dances, and ending with a lively movement entitled ‘Réjouissance’ (rejoicing). And a pair of clarinets have their moment of glory in Mozart’s Symphony No. 39, in the third movement Ländler (an Austrian folk dance in triple time). Phillipe Herreweghe, a revered expert in the music of the Baroque and Classical periods, is our guide through this captivating programme.

This concert is dedicated to the memory of Jo and Barbara Modiano and David and Valerie Nathan

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Prices & Discounts

£13 – £65

Multi-buy offer available; under-18s and concessions discounts available

Student tickets


Available through Student Pulse.
Limited availability.

Running time:

1h 50 minutes, including a 20 minute interval

Recommended age

From 7+

Programme notes

Read the programme notes here. Free printed programmes will be available at the venue.

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Philharmonia Box Office: 0800 652 6717

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