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    Salonen: The Finale, with Mitsuko Uchida - Live Event

    Thu 10 Jun 2021, 7.30pm
    Royal Festival Hall
    Classical music
    £12 ⁠–⁠ £58
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    The Philharmonia conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen with soprano Julia Bullock perform Ravel and Britten in the Royal Festival Hall
    Mark Allen

    In his final concert as Principal Conductor of the Philharmonia, Esa-Pekka Salonen is joined by revered pianist Mitsuko Uchida.

    In this typically thoughtful programme, Salonen distils all the creativity and sense of adventure that have been the hallmarks of his 13-year tenure, and claims his place in Philharmonia Orchestra history.

    Generations of composers have looked to the music of JS Bach for instruction and inspiration.

    Salonen brings together a lush aria arrangement for strings by the Philharmonia's first Principal Conductor Otto Klemperer; a masterclass in instrumental timbre by Anton Webern; and Luciano Berio's homage to the king of counterpoint.

    The joyful Prelude from Bach's Partita No.3, played by the Philharmonia's Concert Master, sets the scene for Salonen's own Fog, dedicated to the architect Frank Gehry.

    The piece takes its name from Gehry's initials, but it's easy to imagine a chilly, mysterious landscape as glimpses of Bach's Partita emerge, coalesce and then disappear again.

    Esa-Pekka Salonen and Mitsuko Uchida have worked together many times, in concert halls around the world.

    They join forces once more for Beethoven's Third Piano Concerto, to crown this fascinating concert and mark the end of an extraordinary era for the Philharmonia.

    • Philharmonia Orchestra
    • Esa-Pekka Salonen conductor
    • Mitsuko Uchida piano
    • JS Bach: (attrib): Bist du bei mir, aria for voice & continuo, BWV.528 arr. Klemperer for string orchestra; Ricercare a 6 from A Musical Offering arr. Webern for small orchestra; Contrapunktus XIX from The Art of Fugue arr. Berio for small orchestra; Prelude from Partita No.3 in E for solo violin, BWV.1006
    • Esa-Pekka Salonen: Fog (World premiere of orchestral version)
    • Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.3

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    Dates & times

    Thu 10 Jun 2021, 7.30pm
    Approximate run time: 90 mins.
    Run times may vary by up to 20 minutes as they can be affected by last-minute programme changes, intervals and encores.


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