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RESIDENT ORCHESTRA AT CADOGAN HALL JUNE – DECEMBER 2014

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years OF PERFORMANCE AT CADOGAN HALL

Programme notes ©Joanna Wyld, 2014.

Nick Davies Mary Carewe Michael Dore

Booking Information Seating Plan

Booking

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is the Resident Orchestra at Cadogan Hall, generously supported by Cadogan Estates.

Martyn Brabbins Eleanor Dennis Alessandro Fabrizi Alexandra Dariescu

December

Even amid this superb line-up of artists, the music itself takes centre stage, with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra bringing together truly great works in irresistible combinations. There’s the power of Schumann’s Manfred Overture, inspired by Byron, contrasted with the breathtaking Fifth Symphony by Sibelius. You can hear Stravinsky’s Pulcinella Suite alongside works by Mozart and Mendelssohn. Enjoy a concert of intimate chamber music before an evening of Wagner, Brahms, and the gorgeous Four Last Songs by Strauss. Or relish Dvorˇák’s magnificent Symphony No.7 after a sumptuous programme featuring Beethoven, Grieg and Mascagni’s beautiful Intermezzo from Cavalleria rusticana. Every programme in the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s new season is designed to delight. We look forward to enjoying your company at Cadogan Hall soon.

Fabien Gabel Natasha Paremski Kirill Karabits Leon McCawley

November

Alongside its series with Pinchas Zukerman, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra will be collaborating with a host of musicians also renowned for their exceptional calibre. Soloists include three outstanding pianists interpreting some of the finest piano concertos in the repertoire: Alexandra Dariescu performing Grieg; Leon McCawley performing Mozart, and Natasha Paremski performing Tchaikovsky, each artist drawing from the instrument their own unique spectrum of colours. The prodigious young violinist Tianwa Yang will be performing Brahms’ glorious Violin Concerto in a concert which also boasts Beethoven’s Egmont Overture, and an opportunity to enjoy Franck’s ravishing D minor Symphony. The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra will also be working with internationally acclaimed conductors including Alessandro Fabrizi, Fabien Gabel, Kirill Karabits and Christian Mandeal.

Pinchas Zukerman Festival Guide

October

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra invites you to explore its exciting new season at London’s Cadogan Hall, a venue celebrated as one of the most vibrant in the Capital. Throughout the season, the Orchestra will be joined by an enticing line-up of illustrious artists. One of many highlights is the Pinchas Zukerman Summer Music Festival, during which the great violinist and conductor Pinchas Zukerman leads the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in a thrilling series of concerts, including a programme devoted to the last three symphonies by Mozart – all of them masterpieces.

Summer Music Festival

Welcome

Alessandro Fabrizi Dimitri Maslennikov Christian Mandeal Tianwa Yang

June/September

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Tuesday 3rd June 2014, 7.30pm Schubert Tchaikovsky Bizet

Symphony No.8, ‘Unfinished’ Variations on a Rococo Theme Symphony in C

Alessandro Fabrizi Conductor Dimitri Maslennikov Cello

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This programme boasts not one but two symphonies – and while Schubert’s Symphony No.8 is famously incomplete, its two movements are full of memorable melodies and nuanced orchestral writing. Bizet’s Symphony in C opens with great energy and panache, and features a wistful Adagio, rustic scherzo and effervescent Finale. In Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme, the cello and orchestra explore a theme inspired by one of the composer’s idols, Mozart. Tchaikovsky creates a charming dialogue between soloist and ensemble, with moments of romantic beauty and boisterous vigour. At the work’s premiere, even Liszt was impressed… Concert presented in association with Instituto Paolo Sotgiu of Lugano.

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Tuesday 23rd September 2014, 7.30pm Beethoven Brahms Franck

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Christian Mandeal Conductor Tianwa Yang Violin

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Egmont Overture Violin Concerto Symphony in D minor

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When Beethoven’s imagination was caught by Goethe’s play, Egmont, his adopted home of Vienna had been occupied by the French. The play’s themes of personal and national freedom resonated with Beethoven’s circumstances and views, inspiring some stirring incidental music, with this perfectly paced Overture combining drama, lyricism and, ultimately, victory. Egmont hailed from Flemish Europe, and our concert heads in that direction with music by Belgian composer César Franck, whose D minor Symphony is a tour de force of suspenseful intrigue and lush orchestration. These works frame Brahms’ Violin Concerto, performed by exceptional young violinist Tianwa Yang, which moves from a noble opening movement to the gorgeous Adagio, followed by an energetic finale.

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PINCHAS ZUKERMAN S U M M E R M U S I C F E S T I VA L at C a d o g a n H a l l

Pinchas Zukerman joins the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for what promises to be an exceptional series of concerts.

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years OF PERFORMANCE AT CADOGAN HALL

Thursday 26th June 2014, 7.30pm

Monday 30th June 2014, 6.30pm

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

RCM Rising Stars Masterclass

Supported by Northern Trust

Pinchas Zukerman Conductor/Violin Arianna Zukerman Soprano

Bach Violin Concerto in A minor Schoenberg Verklärte Nacht Mozart Exsultate, jubilate Mendelssohn Symphony No.4,‘Italian’ This is a thrilling start to Pinchas Zukerman’s first Summer Festival at Cadogan Hall with a programme of beauty, optimism and transfiguration. Renowned soprano, Arianna Zukerman will join her father on stage to sing one of Mozart’s most appealing arias, Exsultate, jubilate.

Tickets: £40 - £15 Friday 27th June 2014, 3.30pm (Masterclass) & 7.30pm (Concert)

RCM Rising Stars Masterclass & Concert

RCM String masterclasses are supported by the Georg and Emily von Opel Foundation Mozart String Quintet No.4 in G minor Schubert Piano Quintet in A major,‘Trout’

with Pinchas Zukerman With thanks to Rolex Institute Rising Stars of the RCM will benefit from a Masterclass with the renowned violinist, conductor and director.

Tickets: £5 Tuesday 1st July 2014, 7.30pm

Pinchas Zukerman and Amanda Forsyth

perform with principal players from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Schubert String Trio in B-flat major Kodály Duo for Violin and Cello Schubert String Quintet in C major

Pinchas Zukerman Violin Andrew Storey Violin Fiona Winning Viola Amanda Forsyth Cello Tim Gill Cello

Pinchas Zukerman tutors RCM Rising Stars in an afternoon devoted to Mozart’s String Quintet, which revived the composer’s interest in chamber music after his premiere of The Marriage of Figaro.The afternoon culminates in an outstanding evening concert that showcases this dark and melancholic work, as well as Schubert’s ‘Trout’ Quintet. Purely written for a friendly get together with his friends, Schubert’s Piano Quintet is a remarkable and melodious work.

Schubert’s musical output was nothing short of immense and tonight’s two works illustrate his astounding power of ravishing melody. Sadly, his Quintet was one of his last penned compositions. In melodic contrast, Kodály’s Duo gathers a worldly potpourri of folk music illustrated by a canon, pizzicato strings and ending with a lively dance.

Tickets: 3.30pm Masterclass £5, 7.30pm Concert £17.50 - £10

Tickets: £17.50 - £10

Sunday 29th June 2014, 3pm

Wednesday 2nd July 2014, 7.30pm

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra With thanks to Rolex Institute

Beethoven Prometheus Overture Brahms Double Concerto Elgar ‘Enigma’Variations

Pinchas Zukerman Conductor/Violin Amanda Forsyth Cello

Beethoven’s Prometheus Overture is a grand staple in symphonic repertoire with its rich melody and orchestral declamatory harmony. Brahms’ Romantic Double Concerto harks back to the Baroque concerto grosso, performed by the musical duo of husband and wife! The night concludes with Elgar’s ‘Enigma’Variations, a work that earned the composer the reputation of Britain’s national treasure.

Tickets: £40 - £15 tickets

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Mozart Symphony No.39 Mozart Symphony No.40 Mozart Symphony No.41,‘Jupiter’

Pinchas Zukerman Conductor

A sublimely beautiful trio of Mozart’s last symphonies, written in consecutive order, demonstrates Mozart’s compositional endurance and genius. Audiences will be taken on a journey from the majestic opening of Symphony No.39 to the contrasting darkness of Symphony No.40 and the masterful ‘Jupiter’ Symphony, which Mozart himself revered.

Tickets: £40 - £15

Concert Ticket Prices: (26th June, 29th June, 2nd July)

£40 £32.50 £25 £15

Booking fees apply, RPO friends’ and Encore discounts apply

Masterclass Ticket Prices: (27th June, 3.30pm & 30th June, 6.30pm)

£5 Chamber Concert Ticket Prices: (27th June, 7.30pm & 1st July, 7.30pm)

November/December October

BOOKING INFORMATION

Tuesday 14th October 2014, 7.30pm Schumann Tchaikovsky Sibelius Fabien Gabel Natasha Paremski

Manfred Overture Piano Concerto No.1 Symphony No.5 Conductor Piano

Schumann became obsessed with Byron’s Manfred in 1829, writing: ‘Agitated state of mind – read Byron’s Manfred in bed – terrible night.’ It was 20 years before he wrote incidental music based on the poem, and the Overture, with its chilling dramatic touches, was considered by Brahms to be Schumann’s first symphony. Schumann himself declared, ‘Never have I devoted myself to a composition with such love and energy as to Manfred’. With its magnificent opening theme, Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No.1, performed by the wonderful Natasha Paremski, brims with passion, and the Symphony No.5 by Sibelius is one of his most glorious achievements, its horn-filled finale a spine-tingling triumph.

£17.50 – £10

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FESTIVAL TICKET, ADMISSION TO ALL EVENTS: £120

Thursday 30th October 2014, 7.30pm

Enjoy all of the events in this festival in best available seats for just one price.

Stravinsky Mozart Mendelssohn Kirill Karabits Leon McCawley

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Under the baton of Kirill Karabits, this programme features a fascinating selection of works, all exhibiting traits of Classical refinement despite their wide-ranging dates of composition. Stravinsky’s ballet Pulcinella was one of his ‘neoclassical’ gems, using music he believed to have been written by Pergolesi. Mozart’s charming, spirited Piano Concerto No.23, with its famous opening theme, is performed by celebrated pianist Leon McCawley. Mendelssohn was influenced by the likes of Mozart and Beethoven but also by the scenery he enjoyed when, as a young man, he explored Europe on his ‘Grand Tour’. His stay in Scotland inspired, among other works, his evocative ‘Scottish’ Symphony.

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Pulcinella Suite Piano Concerto No.23 Symphony No.3, ‘Scottish’ Conductor Piano

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Tuesday 11th November 2014, 6.15pm and 7.30pm Wagner Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Prelude Richard Strauss Four Last Songs Brahms Symphony No.1 Martyn Brabbins Conductor Eleanor Dennis Soprano These two programmes complement one another perfectly. Our pre-concert chamber music recital (see below) showcases sextets by Richard Strauss and Brahms, both of whom used this rich ensemble to create music of expressive beauty. Both Wagner and Brahms saw themselves as successors to Beethoven, yet their music was strikingly different. Wagner’s Prelude to Die Meistersinger starts our main concert in proud vein, with Brahms’ First Symphony, being a powerful work of sublime inspiration. These frame the divine Four Last Songs by Strauss – his final and most exquisite piece.

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Pre-concert chamber music recital 6.15pm (Tickets: £10) Featuring members of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Richard Strauss Sextet from Capriccio Brahms Sextet No.1 in B flat

Thursday 27th November 2014, 7.30pm Beethoven Fidelio Overture Mascagni Cavalleria rusticana: Intermezzo Grieg Piano Concerto Dvorˇák Symphony No.7 Alessandro Fabrizi Conductor Alexandra Dariescu Piano Fidelio was Beethoven’s only opera, yet it spawned no fewer than four overtures. After the gravitas of the three Leonore Overtures, Beethoven wanted to produce something more adventurous, resulting in this spirited work. After the romantic beauty of Mascagni’s famous Intermezzo, from his opera Cavalleria rusticana, Grieg’s Piano Concerto, with its scintillating opening, is performed by acclaimed pianist Alexandra Dariescu. Dvorˇák’s Symphony No.7 perfectly balances dramatic power and irresistible lyricism. With its arresting opening, gorgeous slow movement, dancing Scherzo and thrilling Finale, this is one of the greatest pieces Dvorˇák ever wrote. Not to be missed. RPO Reward Points apply

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Booking Information

CHRISTMAS CRACKER 2014

Ticket prices £40 £32.50

Nick Davies Conductor Mary Carewe Vocalist Michael Dore Vocalist

£25

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£15

(Christmas Cracker £48, £38, £28, £18) (Pinchas Zukerman Summer Music Festival – see central pull-out guide for prices)

Christmas isn’t the same without attending the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s Christmas Cracker. This Yuletide concert favourite is perfect for families and audience members of all ages, with Mary Carewe and Michael Dore singing such merriments as Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, Mary’s Boy Child, The Christmas Song, The Little Road to Bethlehem – not forgetting the sing-along carols. With Cadogan Hall lit up like a Christmas tree and the delights of mulled wine being served, this is the ideal event to start your annual festivities.

Booking fees apply.

Telephone bookings 020 7730 4500 Online bookings www.cadoganhall.com Subscription discounts Generous discounts are available for booking multiple concerts from the RPO’s Resident Season. Please ask the Box Office when booking. 2 or 3 concerts – 15% discount 4 or 5 concerts – 25% discount 6 or more concerts – 30% discount (Please note, Pinchas Zukerman Summer Music Festival not included)

Cadogan Hall 5 Sloane Terrace, London SW1X 9DQ 2 minutes walk from Sloane Square Underground

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December

Saturday 20th December 2014, 3.00pm and 7.30pm

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The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra gratefully acknowledges the generous support of Arts Council England

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Cadogan Hall June - December 2014