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Santtu conducts Scheherazade

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Principal Conductor Santtu Matias-Rouvali conducts the Philharmonia


Santtu-Matias Rouvali – conductor
Alexandre Kantorow – piano


Ravel Boléro Listen

Saint-Saëns Piano Concerto No. 2 Listen

— Interval —

Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade Listen

This afternoon’s programme gives every member of the orchestra a well-deserved moment in the spotlight.

A quiet but inexorable snare drum rhythm opens Ravel’s Boléro. It ushers in a haunting melody that’s passed around the orchestra, slowly building to a roof-raising climax.

Alexandre Kantorow triumphed in the International Tchaikovsky Competition in 2019, and Gramophone described him as ‘the real deal, a fire-breathing virtuoso.’ Saint-Saëns’s dazzling Piano Concerto No. 2 demands every ounce of virtuosity he can muster, but there’s poetry too in the opening movement, and a carefree playfulness in the central Scherzo.

In Scheherazade, Rimsky-Korsakov said he wanted to evoke the ‘fairytale wonders’ of The 1001 Nights. A tender, graceful solo violin melody represents Scheherazade herself, and Rimsky-Korsakov deploys all the colours of the orchestra as she tells her bewitching tales of princes and princesses, sailors and storms.

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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:

2h, 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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