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    Salonen Conducts Ravel and Britten

    Thu 29 Oct 2020, 7.30pm
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    Classical music
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    Julia Bullock, vocalist
    Allison Michael Orenstein

    Soprano Julia Bullock joins the Philharmonia Orchestra for an evocative cycle of songs in this broadcast performance.

    The Philharmonia Orchestra’s 2020/21 season is Esa-Pekka Salonen’s last as Principal Conductor & Artistic Advisor, a position he has held since 2008.

    For his first concert in this landmark season he has invited outstanding American soprano Julia Bullock to make her Philharmonia and Royal Festival Hall debut.
    At the heart of the programme is Britten’s Les Illuminations, a setting of nine poems by Rimbaud.

    Britten’s expressive writing for voice and strings, and Rimbaud’s vivid and fantastical texts, lure us into an unearthly, dreamlike world.

    Salonen and Bullock’s performance of this piece with the San Francisco Symphony was acclaimed as ‘something of a revelation… a performance of magnificent expansiveness’ (San Francisco Chronicle). To frame the Britten, Salonen has chosen two equally evocative pieces by Ravel.

    His Pavane imagines a princess of the Spanish Golden Age in a slow, graceful dance.

    And each exquisitely delicate movement of the 1912 ballet he created from his Mother Goose Suite paints a vivid fairytale scene.

    Gentle flutes introduce Sleeping Beauty, while sprightly percussion and woodwinds tell the story of the Empress of the Pagodas.

    Ravel's unmatched talent for orchestration gives every member of the Philharmonia a chance to shine.

    This event is live-streamed exclusively for the Southbank Centre.

    • Philharmonia Orchestra
    • Esa-Pekka Salonen conductor
    • Julia Bullock soprano
    • Ravel: Pavane pour une infante défunte
    • Britten: Les Illuminations, Op.18
    • Ravel: Ma mère l'Oye (Mother Goose), complete ballet

    Need to know

    This concert is live-streamed. Streaming is provided by TicketCo on behalf of the Southbank Centre.

    Please ensure that you have access to a stable WiFi network in order to watch the event.

    This concert can also be heard live on Radio 3 at 7.30pm on Thursday 29 October 2020, as part of Radio 3's residency at the Southbank Centre.

    Dates & times

    Thu 29 Oct 2020, 7.30pm
    Approximate run time: 75 mins.
    Run times may vary by up to 20 minutes as they can be affected by last-minute programme changes, intervals and encores.


    Southbank Centre Members presale offer: £10

    Standard ticket: £12

    Standard plus: £20* 

    *You can opt to pay a bit more than the standard price to support the Philharmonia as it recovers from the Covid-19 shutdown.

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