classical music

The End of Reason

Part of Classical Season 2020/21

The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment brings its 2020/21 season, The Edge of Reason, to a close.

In its final concert of the season, it holds up a mirror to the last and most complicated frontier of rationality, ourselves, with Strauss’ comic opera, Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme.

In the composer’s orchestral suite about the opera’s protagonist, Monsieur Jourdain, we see ourselves struggling with the things we know we shouldn’t think and do.

The ‘middle-class aristocrat’ of the opera is a reminder of the absurdity of conforming to convention at the expense of reason.

In the first half of this concert, the Russian pianist Alexander Melnikov performs Shostakovich’s referential Piano Concerto No.1.

This concerto was groundbreaking in its time for its use of musical quotes including Beethoven's Rage Over a Lost Penny, Haydn's D major Piano Sonata and a slice of the composer's own incidental music for Hamlet.

Performers

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Geoffrey Paterson conductor
Alexander Melnikov piano
David Blackadder trumpet

Repertoire

R Strauss: Prelude for string sextet from Capriccio
Shostakovich: Concerto No.1 for piano, trumpet & strings
Interval
R Strauss: Le bourgeois gentilhomme - Suite

Dates & times

4 Jun 2021
Approximate run time: 105 mins
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where

Queen Elizabeth Hall

Pricing

£10 - £75
Booking fee: £3.50 (Members £0.00)

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Ticketing

Multi-buy discount
Book multiple Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment events in the same transaction and receive a discount: 2 – 3 events (15% discount); 4 – 6 events (20% discount); 7 – 8 events (25% discount). Events must be in the 2020/21 season. This discount is not available on Premium seats.

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Related events
Queen Elizabeth Hall Foyer at 6pm: pre-concert talk. Admission free.