They called Alexander Glazunov 'the Russian Mendelssohn' but he was very much his own man, and his 1896 ballet The Seasons is a delight. Tuneful, joyous and glowing with colour, it’s the missing link in Russian ballet between Tchaikovsky and Stravinsky – and its exuberant final Bacchanale is the kind of melody that stays with you for life.
It throws a fascinating light on Vivaldi’s four evergreen concertos, played by the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s Leader Pieter Schoeman. In between comes a real discovery from guest conductor Marius Stravinsky: Dmitry Kabalevsky’s enchantingly atmospheric musical portrait of spring, in the form of a waltz.
PerformersLondon Philharmonic Orchestra
RepertoireVivaldi: The Four Seasons
Part of Belief and Beyond Belief festival
Royal Festival Hall at 6.15pm: pre-concert talk. Writer and broadcaster Stephen Johnson looks at how composers have sought inspiration and responded musically to the cycle of the seasons and the ancient rites associated with it. Admission free.
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The following concerts are not included in this offer: Meow Meow and London Philharmonic Orchestra: More Pandemonium... With a Festive Twist (4 Dec 2017) and A Golden Gala Evening: London Philharmonic Orchestra (27 Jan 2017).