classical music

Elim Chan: Rachmaninov & Sibelius

Part of Classical Season 2020/21

Three composers reminisce in this evocative concert from the Philharmonia Orchestra.

The three movements of Rachmaninov's Symphonic Dances are a masterclass in orchestral writing, giving every instrument from the piccolo to the contrabassoon a chance to shine.

Maybe aware that this would be his last completed work, Rachmaninov seems to be showing us how far he has come.

He quotes passages from his First Symphony, and writes a singing, soulful melody for a relative newcomer to the orchestra, the alto saxophone.

Sibelius once hoped to become a professional violinist. He pours all his love for the instrument, and his understanding of its capabilities, into a concerto of great depth and emotional power.

It's well suited to the 'almost unreal beauty' (Los Angeles Times) of Sergey Khachatryan's playing.

To open, Elim Chan has chosen Grieg's orchestrations of two of his songs, The Wounded Heart and The Last Spring, in which the protagonist looks back over a long life.

Writing for a string ensemble divided into eight parts, Grieg's rich, expressive arrangements conjure up the poet's passion for life, beauty and nature.

Performers

Philharmonia Orchestra
Elim Chan conductor
Sergey Khachatryan violin

Repertoire

Grieg: 2 Elegiac Melodies, Op.34
Sibelius: Violin Concerto
Interval
Rachmaninov: Symphonic Dances

Dates & times

12 Nov 2020
Approximate run time: 110 mins
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where

Royal Festival Hall

Pricing

£12 - £58
Booking fee: £3.50 (Members £0.00)

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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 2020/21 season. Please note these savings exclude Christmas concerts (13 December 2020), Gaspard’s Foxtrot (20 February 2021), Music of Today: Tyshawn Sorey and Music of Today: Víkingur Ólafsson (25 February 2021) and Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius (25 June 2021). Not available on Premium seats.

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Related events
The Clore Ballroom, Level 2, Royal Festival Hall at 6pm: Insights Talk: Elim Chan discusses the evening's programme. Admission free