Santtu-Matias Rouvali – conductor
R Strauss Also sprach Zarathustra
— Interval —
R Strauss Alpine Symphony
A new era dawns for the Philharmonia, as Santtu-Matias Rouvali takes up the baton as the Orchestra’s sixth Principal Conductor. He opens his Human / Nature series with a thrilling Strauss double-bill.
Social distancing is a distant memory as over 100 musicians take to the stage for the epic Alpine Symphony. Inspired by a boyhood hiking adventure, and a lifelong love of the mountains, Strauss invites you to join him for a day in the great outdoors. From the whispers of anticipation just before dawn, via waterfalls, forests and meadows, he takes you with him to experience the awe of reaching the summit, the fearsome power of a storm (complete with wind and thunder machines), and the deep sense of peace after a safe return.
Another sunrise opens Also Sprach Zarathustra – an unmistakable, spine-tingling fanfare. Fortunately for us, there’s no need to understand the complex philosophy that underpins the work to appreciate Strauss’s mastery. You could, of course, reflect on humanity’s purpose and place in the cosmos while you listen – or simply let yourself be filled with the glorious sound of a huge orchestra, back in the Royal Festival Hall at last.
This concert is also available to watch on demand online from 7.30pm on Thursday 14 October.
Need to know
Prices & Discounts
£13 – £65
Multibuy offer available; under-18s and concessions discounts available; discounted tickets for students via the Student Pulse app one month before the concert (limited availability)
1h 50 minutes, including a 20 minute interval
Free printed programmes will be available at the venue. Digital programme notes available a week before the event
Philharmonia Box Office: 0800 652 6717
Before the concert
Across the distance
Thursday 30 September 2021, 6.45pm
John Luther Adams’s Across the Distance heralds the opening of the Philharmonia Orchestra’s Human / Nature series. 24 horn players fill the public spaces of the Royal Festival Hall with glorious sound in this free performance supported by John and Carol Wates.
Thursday 30 September 2021, 6pm
Find out more about this evening’s programme in a free talk in the Royal Festival Hall at 6pm. Free, no ticket required.
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