classical music

Shani Conducts Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet

Part of Classical Season 2019/20

Fall in love with the Philharmonia Orchestra’s rendition of excerpts from Prokofiev’s ballet.

‘Talent borrows, genius steals’, as the saying goes – in this concert Prokofiev and Rachmaninov steal from Shakespeare and Paganini to create enduring classics of their own.

Kirill Gerstein, hailed for his ‘expressive brilliance’ (The Guardian), is the soloist in Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, premiered by Rachmaninov himself in 1934.

Paganini’s Caprices, written over a century earlier, were dedicated ‘to all artists’ – aptly so, as they inspired arrangements by composers from Schumann and Liszt to Benny Goodman.

Rachmaninov’s variations, alternately sparkling and thoughtful, moody and full of fun, are now better known than Paganini’s original.

The romantic 18th variation is particularly popular – Rachmaninov knowingly declared ‘this one is for my agent’.

Prokofiev’s ballet music for Romeo and Juliet, composed in 1935, contains so much great music that he created not one but three orchestral suites from it.

Here Lahav Shani chooses his favourite moments, from the threatening tread of ‘The Montagues and the Capulets’ to the heart-wrenching scene of Juliet’s death.

Performers

Philharmonia Orchestra
Lahav Shani conductor
Kirill Gerstein piano

Repertoire

Prokofiev: Overture, War and Peace
Rachmaninov: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
Interval
Prokofiev: Excerpts from Romeo and Juliet, Op.64

Dates & times

13 Feb 2020
Approximate run time: 100 mins
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where

Royal Festival Hall

Pricing

£12 - £58
Booking fee: £3.00 (Members £0.00)

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Related events
Royal Festival Hall at 6pm: Members of the Philharmonia Orchestra present a free 45-minute concert of chamber music. Admission free.

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Ticketing

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 2019/20 season. Please note these savings exclude Christmas concerts (12 & 15 December 2019) and The English Patient (5 June 2020). Not available on Premium seats.