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London Philharmonic Orchestra Apr 4
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Thank you for joining us for our playlist concert, we hope you enjoyed it. We'll be back with our next on 8 April - featuring Rachmaninoff's towering Piano Concerto No. 3.
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London Philharmonic Orchestra Apr 4
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The opening chorus plays itself out before a final retreat into hushed C minor darkness.
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London Philharmonic Orchestra Apr 4
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With a final shift of perspective, we return to the ceremony of mourning.
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London Philharmonic Orchestra Apr 4
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Solo woodwinds twine like garlands around 'Hier schlummert', a tender and deeply expressive eulogy to the unhappy ruler.
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London Philharmonic Orchestra Apr 4
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The poet imagines himself standing by night at Joseph’s graveside (Beethoven gently sketches in the nocturnal breezes).
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London Philharmonic Orchestra Apr 4
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After the monumental opening, the mood shifts to vivid action: a stormy recitative and a brilliant aria dramatise Joseph’s victorious struggle with the 'monster Fanaticism'.
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London Philharmonic Orchestra Apr 4
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Our final work this evening... Emperor Joseph II died in Vienna on 20 February 1790, and Beethoven was commissioned to write a mourning Cantata, setting a poem by Severin Anton Averdonk.
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London Philharmonic Orchestra Apr 4
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Igor Stravinsky described the Grosse Fuge as ‘the most absolutely contemporary piece of music I know, and contemporary forever’.
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London Philharmonic Orchestra Apr 4
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It was originally written for string quartet, intended as the final movement of his Quartet No. 13 but later replaced with a new finale.
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London Philharmonic Orchestra Apr 4
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The Grosse Fuge opens with a stark 'Overtura' followed by a pair of colossal, converging fugues linked by a central interlude.
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London Philharmonic Orchestra Apr 4
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Her final denunciation combines moments of deep pathos with a flashing brilliance perfectly tailored to bring the house down.
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London Philharmonic Orchestra Apr 4
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She pleads for him to stay, in a broad, expressive aria.
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London Philharmonic Orchestra Apr 4
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A dramatic introduction throws us into the action in mid-flow: the soprano assumes the persona of a wronged lover, denouncing her faithless beloved.
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London Philharmonic Orchestra Apr 4
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Beethoven's concert aria Ah! Perfido follows; Beethoven wrote only a handful of stand-alone concert arias, but this one is the most celebrated of all.
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London Philharmonic Orchestra Apr 4
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First this evening is the King Stephen Overture... The Overture begins with a ceremonial call to attention, interrupted by a jaunty march for woodwinds and a brilliant Presto.
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London Philharmonic Orchestra Apr 4
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London Philharmonic Orchestra Apr 4
Principal Conductor Vladimir Jurowski introduces this evening’s concert, and gives insight into the four lesser-known Beethoven works on the programme.
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Lolita Chakrabarti Apr 3
I worked with some students from Junior Artists a while back. They were amazingly talented and exploring the realities of being a professional musician. Applications are now open for the next year group. They need you! Apply apply apply!
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London Philharmonic Orchestra Apr 3
Bach: Magnifikitkat 😄
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London Philharmonic Orchestra Apr 3
Wagner: GotterDAIMerung !
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