Classical music
Orchestra

Esa-Pekka Salonen - French and Italian Masterpieces

Part of Classical Season 2018/19

Personal connections and striking musical paintings mark an evocative programme conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen.

Ibéria sees Debussy at his most Impressionist, hinting with richly expressive colours at the intoxicating atmosphere of hot nights in Andalusia.

His luxurious orchestral palette caught the imagination of a young Ravel, who builds a world of mystery and desire in Shéhérazade.

Soprano Marianne Crebassa returns to the Philharmonia following her acclaimed performance at the BBC Proms. The Times observed: ‘I’ve rarely heard a singer make a more poised, polished or delectable Proms debut… She seems to have everything.’

Berio’s Folk Songs are an intimate reflection on love, written as ‘a tribute to the extraordinary artistry’ of his then-wife, singer Cathy Berberian.

Respighi’s masterpiece paints four contrasting musical scenes in thrilling detail. Children’s games, gloomy catacombs and the song of a nightingale lead to a musical celebration: a victorious Roman legion return home along the pine-lined road, as the huge orchestra is joined by additional jubilant brass.

At the heart of the programme, Esa, by Berio’s contemporary Franco Donatoni, has a deeply personal significance.

Dictated to his students on his deathbed, Donatoni’s piece, dedicated to Salonen, dances with an unexpected positivity, before simply fading away with a witty gesture. In Salonen’s words, this is ‘goodbye, but leaving with a smile rather than in tears’.

I’ve rarely heard a singer make a more poised, polished or delectable Proms debut… She seems to have everything
The Times

Performers

Philharmonia Orchestra
Esa-Pekka Salonen conductor
Marianne Crebassa

Repertoire

Debussy: Ibéria, No.2 from Images
Berio: 11 Folk Songs for mezzo-soprano & 7 instruments
Franco Donatoni: Esa (In cauda V)
Interval
Ravel: Shéhérazade
Respighi: Pines of Rome

Dates & times

28 Feb 2019
Approximate run time: 125 mins
Run times may vary, find out more

where

Royal Festival Hall

Pricing

£12 - £58
Booking fee: £2.50 (Members £0.00)

Multi-buy discount

£12, £19, £28, £36, £45, £58

Multi-buy discount
Book multiple Philharmonia Orchestra events in the same transaction and receive a discount: 3 – 5 events (10% discount); 6 – 8 events (15% discount); 9 -– 11 events (20% discount); 12 – 14 events (25% discount); 15 or more events (30% discount). Events must be in the 2018/19 season. This discount is not available on Premium seats.

Concessions

25% off (limited availability)
Find out more about our Concessions policy

need to know

Ticketing
Book multiple Philharmonia Orchestra events in the same transaction and receive a discount.
3 – 5 events (10% discount)
6 – 8 events (15% discount)
9 – 11 events (20% discount)
12 – 14 events (25% discount)
15 or more events (30% discount)
These discounts are not available on Premium seats or for the following concerts: Moscow Nights (25 Oct 2018), Philharmonia Orchestra – Christmas with King's College Choir (13 Dec 2018), Philharmonia Orchestra – Christmas at the Movies (16 Dec 2018), Philharmonia at the Movies (14 Feb 2019) and Music of Today: Wu Wei Artist Portrait (5 Apr 2019).