Alexander Shelley and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra present "Seeking New Horizons" at Cadogan HallNovember 27, 2018
Alexander Shelley and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra present a three-part series in the upcoming 2018/2019 season at Cadogan Hall – Seeking New Horizons. This series explores the music created by composers displaced from their homelands by either war, political turmoil or the desire to discover something new.
KODÁLY Dances of Galánta
LISZT Piano Concerto No.1
BARTÓK Concerto for Orchestra
Mariam Batsashvili Piano
In 1940, Bartók fled his native Hungary for the USA as World War II ravaged Europe. A happy outcome was a commission by the Boston Symphony Orchestra of the Concerto for Orchestra, a work that places the orchestra centre-stage through a joyful celebration of music. Kodály’s exquisite miniatures, Dances of Galánta, are imbued with Hungarian folk music and Liszt Piano Competition Winner and BBC Young Generation Artist Mariam Batsashvili performs Liszt’s poetic and dramatic Piano Concerto No.1.
KORNGOLD Violin Concerto
DVOŘÁK Symphony No.9, ‘From the New World’
Jennifer Pike Violin
Dvořák left his native Bohemia in 1892, to seek new opportunities in the USA, marking one of the most productive periods of his career and resulting in his ‘New World’ Symphony, a work imbued with native American music. Korngold’s foray into Hollywood film music can be traced through the rich powerful lyricism of his Violin Concerto, performed by British violinist Jennifer Pike. During exile in Switzerland, Stravinsky wrote his two Suites for Small Orchestra, providing exquisite and delightful miniatures that have an infectious rhythmic drive and draw their influences from the Classical period.
WAGNER Overture and Venusberg Music from Tannhäuser
RACHMANINOV Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
MANUEL DE FALLA The Three-Cornered Hat
Vadym Kholodenko Piano
Rebecca Afonwy-Jones Mezzo-soprano
Infused with the rhythms, sounds and smells of his native Spain, Manuel de Falla’s ballet The Three Cornered Hat provides a fitting tribute to Spain. The legend that the violin virtuoso Niccolò Paganini sold his soul to the devil in order to become obscenely talented has inspired numerous composers, but the finest variations of the theme is considered to be Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, performed by Vadym Kholodenko. Richard Wagner was no stranger to political controversy yet his music from Tannhäuser offers some of the most tranquil and sublime music ever written.