Santtu-Matias Rouvali – conductor
R Strauss Also sprach Zarathustra
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. Watch from wherever you are in the world as 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.
Need to know
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How to book
You will need to book this streamed concert in a separate transaction to any tickets you are purchasing for live events.
When and where
This concert was filmed at Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, and will premiere on Thursday 14 October at 7.30pm. It was filmed on 30 September 2021
How can I watch
You will get an email on the day of the premiere with a unique link to watch the stream. You can watch as many times as you want after that for 30 days. For further details on how to book and watch, visit our FAQs page
Is this a live performance?
No. This performance is filmed live but it took place on 30 September 2021
Programme notes for this concert will be available a week before the performance