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Strauss and Brahms with Alisa Weilerstein

Royal Festival Hall
£13 — £65
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Cellis Alisa Weilerstein in orange blouse in performance.

Artists

Jordan de Souza – conductor
Alisa Weilerstein – cello

Programme

Strauss Don Quixote Listen

— Interval —

Brahms Symphony No. 4 Listen

Acclaimed cellist Alisa Weilerstein takes the title role in Strauss’s Don Quixote.

Cervantes’s daydreaming knight and his long-suffering sidekick Sancho Panza (represented by a quirky combination of viola, tenor tuba and bass clarinet) encounter vividly drawn windmills, dragons, and an army of sheep. But most striking of all is Strauss’s sympathetic portrayal of Don Quixote’s wandering, idealistic mind.

Brahms’s Fourth Symphony is masterful music from a composer at the top of his game. Brahms called it “my sad symphony”, but this modest adjective belies the composer’s emotional range and consummate structural skill. His friend, the critic Eduard Hanslick, put it better: “It is like a dark well; the longer we look into it, the more brightly the stars shine back.” Jordan de Souza, who conducted the Philharmonia in Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier at Garsington Opera last year, makes his Royal Festival Hall debut.

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Prices & Discounts

£13 – £65

Multi-buy offer available; under-18s and concessions discounts available; discounted tickets for students via Student Pulse one month before the concert (limited availability)

Running time:

1 hr 50 mins, including a 20 minute interval

Recommended age

From 7+

Programme notes

Free printed programmes will be available at the venue. Digital programme notes available a week before the event.

Box office

Philharmonia Box Office: 0800 652 6717
Monday to Friday 10am – 5pm

Before the event

Percussionist Colin Currie in performance.
Small-ensemble performance

Music of Today: Colin Currie Curates

Michael Francis – conductor
Colin Currie – percussion

  • Luke Bedford Staggered Nocturne (World premiere, Philharmonia commission)
  • Philippe Hurel Four Variations
Royal Festival Hall

Priority booking is open now. General booking opens at 10am on Monday 11 April. Join the Friends to book your tickets now.

Venue

Royal Festival Hall

Royal Festival Hall

Southbank Centre
Belvedere Road
London
SE1 8XX

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