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'Myths and Fairytales' at Cadogan Hall continues

February 26, 2018

Alexander Shelley has been Principal Associate Conductor of London’s Royal Philharmonic Orchestra since 2015. The focal point of his work with the orchestra is an annual four concert series at Cadogan Hall which he curates, based around a thematic concept. Previous incarnations have included ‘The Roaring Twenties’, exploring the explosion of musical styles and voices during the inter-war period, and last year’s ‘Symphonic Soundscapes’, which celebrated the 100th anniversary of the October Revolution by chronicling the music of Sibelius and Prokofiev.

This season’s series, which began in November with Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherezade, explores ‘Myths and Fairytales’ in music.

On Tuesday February 27th, Alexander and the Royal Philharmonic will perform two tone poems – Mussorgsky’s famous ‘Night on Bald Mountain’, depicting the witches sabbath on the Eve of St. John, and Sibelius’s ‘Night Ride and Sunrise’, in which a nocturnal sled journey across a snowy landscape is to be heard – as well as Aram Khachaturian’s music to the ballet Spartacus. Canadian violinist Susanne Hou will perform Tchaikovsky’s stunning and virtuosic Violin Concerto in the first half. This is the first time that Alexander and Susanne will be performing together.

On Sunday March 4th the series continues, with Grieg’s music to Ibsen’s ‘Peer Gynt’ at the centre of proceedings. In an hour long version, singers from the Royal College of Music will be featured in the main roles as the epic story of the mercurial Norwegian figure is brought to life through Grieg’s beautiful score.

In the first half, Humperdinck’s wagnerian Overture to Hansel and Gretel sets the scene for Wagner’s own set of songs, written for his friend, the poet and author Mathilde Wesendonck. These ‘Five Poems for a Female Voice’ will be interpreted by British soprano Madeleine Shaw.

Explore the full programmes for these two concerts, as well as the final concert in the series in May, by visiting the RPO website.