Monday, April 08, 2013

London Sunday Matinee, Järvi conducts

Philharmonia Orchestra

Royal Festival Hall
Sun 7 Apr 2013 3:00pm
Paavo JärvConductor
Khatia BuniatishviliPiano

SibeliusKarelia Suite
GriegPiano Concerto
DvořákSymphony No. 7
Khatia Buniatishvili
 Khatia Buniatishvili

Nationalism is in the air this afternoon as we travel first to Finland for Sibelius’s indelible Karelia Suite, which had its first informal performance as part of a musical presentation given by a student’s union! Then it’s off to Norway for Grieg’s immortal Piano Concerto, a work so famous that comedian Eric Morecambe had a go at performing it, apparently playing 'all the right notes, but not necessarily in the right order.' Finally, we head south to Czechoslovakia and Dvořák’s most dramatically imposing symphony, one that he passionately declared had been inspired by ‘God, love and the Motherland’ and rightly predicted would ‘shake the world.’

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