Philharmonia Chamber Players: Theseus
Zsolt-Tihamér Visontay – violin
Fiona Cornall – violin
Gijs Kramer – viola
Deirdre Cooper – cello
Heidi Krutzen – harp
Bax Quintet for Harp and Strings
Raymond Murray Schafer Theseus
Enjoy a free concert programmed and performed by members of the Philharmonia Orchestra.
Arnold Bax’s love for Irish landscape led him to compose the heartfelt Quintet for Harp and Strings, evocative of the sights and sounds of a visit to the country after the First World War.
Next, discover the music of Canadian composer and environmentalist Raymond Murray Schafer. Theseus opens with a lingering, mysterious note held by the bowed strings, perhaps depicting Ariadne’s guiding thread in the Minotaur’s labyrinth. Then follows a dramatic journey in which Schafer explores the harp’s full breadth of sound, from lush glissandos and delightful plucked melodies to passages where the strings are hit with a stick for a powerful, dramatic effect.
Free, no ticket required
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No ticket required – just talk in
45 minutes, no interval
Philharmonia Box Office: 0800 652 6717
After the event
Santtu-Matias Rouvali – conductor
Pekka Kuusisto – violin
- Sibelius Violin Concerto
- Beethoven Symphony No. 6, Pastoral
Booking for Friends of the Philharmonia opens at 10am on Thursday, 1 July. General booking opens Thursday, 8 July.