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2013  /14 Esa-Pekka Salonen Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor Concerts Autumn 2013 – Spring 2014 Royal Festival Hall


Rich immediacy and vivid colour The Guardian, February 2012


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AT A GLANCE SEPTEMBER 2013 Thu 26 / 7.00pm Esa-Pekka Salonen /  Paul Groves/ Christianne Stotijn/Gerald Finley/ Roland Wood / Philharmonia Voices BERLIOZ The Damnation of Faust M Sun 29 / 3.00pm Esa-Pekka Salonen /  Piotr Anderszewski BEETHOVEN Overture, Namensfeier /  SCHUMANN Piano Concerto/ BERLIOZ Symphonie fantastique

M Sun 20 / 3.00pm Vladimir Ashkenazy /  Alice Sara Ott   DELIUS The walk to the Paradise Garden / GRIEG Piano Concerto / HOLST The Planets

Thu 24 / 7.30pm Juraj Valcuha / Sunwook Kim CHERUBINI Overture, Medea / BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 4; Symphony No. 7 Thu 31 / 7.30pm Yuri Temirkanov / Vilde Frang PROKOFIEV Symphony No. 1, Classical; Violin Concerto No. 2 / RACHMANINOV Symphony No. 2

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B Thu 10 / 7.30pm Andris Nelsons  /   Hélène Grimaud BRAHMS Piano Concerto No. 1; Symphony No. 1 B Sun 13 / 7.30pm Andris Nelsons / Christian Tetzlaff / Tanja Tetzlaff BRAHMS St Anthony Variations; Double Concerto in A minor; Symphony No. 3 Thu 17 / 7.30pm Vladimir Ashkenazy /  Patricia Kopatchinskaja STRAVINSKY Four Norwegian Moods / STRAVINSKY Violin Concerto / TCHAIKOVSKY Manfred Symphony

Thu 14 / 7.30pm Gustavo Dudamel MAHLER Symphony No. 7 Thu 21 / 7.30pm Christoph von Dohnányi / Renaud Capuçon / Veronika Hagen MOZART Sinfonia Concertante, K364 / BRUCKNER Symphony No. 7 P Sat 30 / 1.30pm Carl Davis NAPOLÉON (live with film)

DECEMBER 2013 Thu 12 / 7.30pm Tugan Sokhiev / Viktoria Mullova / Anastasia Kalagina MENDELSSOHN Violin Concerto / MAHLER Symphony No. 4

JANUARY 2014 B Thu 23 / 7.30pm Andris Nelsons / Hélène Grimaud BRAHMS Piano Concerto No. 2; Symphony No. 4 S Thu 30 / 7.30pm Philippe Jordan /  Soloist to be announced WAGNER Overture, Tannhäuser / STRAUSS Selection of songs; Don Juan; ‘Dance of the Seven Veils’ and ‘Closing Scene’, Salome

FEBRUARY 2014 Thu 6 / 7.30pm Nicholas Collon /  Pekka Kuusisto BRITTEN Four Sea Interludes, Peter Grimes / ADÈS Violin Concerto / VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Symphony No. 6 B Thu 20 / 7.30pm Andris Nelsons /  Christian Tetzlaff BRAHMS Academic Festival Overture; Violin Concerto; Symphony No. 2


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Premium priced concert Sunday Matinee Series concert Andris Nelsons: Brahms Series

B Sun 23 / 7.30pm Andris Nelsons / Annette Dasch / James Rutherford / Philharmonia Chorus BRAHMS Tragic Overture / Schicksalslied (Song of Destiny) / Ein deutches Requiem S Thu 27 / 7.30pm Christoph von Dohnányi / Martin Helmchen BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 1 / STRAUSS Ein Heldenleben

MARCH 2014 ! 9 / 3.00pm Sun Pablo Heras-Casado / Nikolai Lugansky BEETHOVEN Overture, Egmont; Piano Concerto No. 5, Emperor / MENDELSSOHN Symphony No. 3, Scottish S Thu 20 / 7.30pm Lorin Maazel STRAUSS Also sprach Zarathustra / Ein Alpensinfonie M !

M S Sun ! 23 / 3.00pm Lorin Maazel / Esther Yoo STRAUSS Till Eulenspiegel /  MOZART Violin Concerto No. 3, K216 / MUSSORGSKY (arr. Ravel) Pictures at an Exhibition

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Strauss 150th Anniversary 2014 Bohemian Legends Series concert On sale from September 2013

APRIL 2014 ! Thu 3 / 7.30pm Edward Gardner /  Ruxandra Denose WAGNER Overture, Rienzi / BERLIOZ La mort de Cléopâtre / ELGAR Symphony No. 1

! Thu 22 / 7.30pm Tugan Sokhiev /  Jean-Yves Thibaudet FAURÉ Suite, Pelléas et Mélisande Op. 80 / RAVEL Piano Concerto in G / DEBUSSY La mer / STRAVINSKY Suite, The Firebird (1919)

BL Thu 10 / 7.30pm Jakub Hrůša /  Arabella Steinbacher JANÁCEK Overture, Jealousy / DVORÁK Violin Concerto in A minor / SUK Praga / JANÁCEK Sinfonietta

! Sat 31 / 7.30pm Yuri Temirkanov /  Denis Kozhukhin  TCHAIKOVSKY Piano Concerto No. 1  / DVORÁK Symphony No. 9, From the New World

BL Sun 13 / 7.30pm Jakub Hrůša / Lukás Vondrácek et al SUK Scherzo Fantastique / DVORÁK Piano Concerto / JANÁCEK Glagolitic Mass

JUNE 2014

! Sun 27 / 3.00pm John Wilson STRAUSS Die Fledermaus

MAY 2014 ! Thu 1 / 7.30pm Vladimir Ashkenazy et al PROKOFIEV Scythian Suite / PROKOFIEV Ivan the Terrible ! Thu 8 / 7.30pm David Afkham /  Sergey Khachatryan LINDBERG Chorale / BERG Violin Concerto / SCHUBERT Symphony No. 9, The Great

Thu 15 / 7.30pm Jakub Hrůša / Truls Mørk DVORÁK Cello Concerto SUK Asrael Symphony BL

S Thu 5 / 7.30pm Christoph von Dohnányi /  Soloist to be announced BEETHOVEN Overture, Leonore No.1 STRAUSS Four Last Songs / MAHLER Symphony No. 1 ! Thu 12 / 7.30pm Paavo Järvi / Kirill Gerstein GLINKA Overture, Ruslan and Ludmilla / RACHMANINOV Piano Concerto No. 3 / SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 5 ! Thu 26 / 7.30pm Esa-Pekka Salonen /  Lisa Batiashvili  SAARIAHO new work for organ & orchestra (UK première) SIBELIUS; Violin Concerto; Symphony No. 2 P ! Sun 29 / 7.30pm Esa-Pekka Salonen et al MAHLER Symphony No. 8, Symphony of a Thousand


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SALONEN CONDUCTS THE DAMNATION OF FAUST

Thursday 26 September 2013 7.00pm Esa-Pekka Salonen conductor Paul Groves Faust Christianne Stotijn Marguérite Gerald Finley Méphistophélès Roland Wood Brander Philharmonia Voices

constantly, at mealtimes, in the theatre, in the streets, everywhere.’ Goethe’s Faust wins a last-minute reprieve, whereas Berlioz has him ignominiously consigned to the flames via a hairraising gallop to Hell. Sung in French with English surtitles.

BERLIOZ The Damnation of Faust The new season opens with an event that brings together a stellar cast under Esa-Pekka Salonen’s baton to perform Berlioz’s electrifying masterwork, The Damnation of Faust. Penned at the height of Berlioz’s obsession with Goethe’s Faust, the composer enthused: ‘I could not put it down. I read it

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SUNDAY MATINEE SERIES

Esa-Pekka Salonen conductor Piotr Anderszewski piano BEETHOVEN Overture, Namensfeier SCHUMANN Piano Concerto BERLIOZ Symphonie fantastique

Cast in five trailblazing movements, the Symphonie fantastique celebrates Berlioz’s delirious infatuation with the Irish actress, Harriet Smithson, who crops up throughout by means of her own musical signature or idée fixe. After taking a draft of opium, Berlioz’s wild ravings climax in a Witches’ Sabbath finale, which sees Harriet consorting with all manner of ghouls and fiends. In this afternoon’s concert it is paired with music by the composer who most influenced him – Beethoven – and by Berlioz’s contemporary and admirer Schumann.

Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Philharmonia players were on sharp, excellent form. The Times, October 2011

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ANDRIS NELSONS: BRAHMS CYCLE

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Thursday 10 October 2013 7.30pm

Andris Nelsons conductor Hélène Grimaud piano BRAHMS Piano Concerto No. 1 BRAHMS Symphony No. 1 The opening concert in Andris Nelsons’s Brahms series features two masterworks of blazing intensity. Brahms’s First Piano Concerto is an astonishing achievement for a 25-year-old, yet he felt so intimidated by Schumann’s prediction that he was the man destined to ‘take over the mantle of Beethoven’ that he was 43 before going public with his all-encompassing First Symphony. B

Sunday 13 October 2013 7.30pm

Andris Nelsons conductor Christian Tetzlaff violin Tanja Tetzlaff cello

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BRAHMS St Anthony Variations (Variations on a Theme by Haydn) BRAHMS Double Concerto in A minor BRAHMS Symphony No. 3 Although a traditionalist at heart, Brahms is always full of surprises. A stand-alone set of variations for orchestra seems a perfectly innocent idea, yet it had hardly ever been done before. So too a symphony of swirling emotions in which every movement ends quietly (audiences at the time were taken completely unawares), and a Romantic concerto in which the two soloists have to share the limelight.

6pm, Pre-concert talk, Royal Festival Hall. An introduction to this evening’s programme FREE admission

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VLADIMIR ASHKENAZY Thursday 17 October 2013 7.30pm Vladimir Ashkenazy conductor Patricia Kopatchinskaja violin

Sunday 20 October 2013 3.00pm (Please note start time) M

SUNDAY MATINEE SERIES

STRAVINSKY Four Norwegian Moods STRAVINSKY Violin Concerto TCHAIKOVSKY Manfred Symphony

Vladimir Ashkenazy conductor Alice Sara Ott piano Chorus to be announced

Rarely heard in concert, Tchaikovsky’s gripping Manfred Symphony was inspired by Lord Byron’s poem about a guilt-ridden mountain dweller who summons seven spirits in the vain hope they might help him forget the past. The music’s lurching from uncontainable elation to inconsolable despair is the perfect foil for the rhythmically cool, neoclassical soundscapes of Stravinsky’s Violin Concerto and the simply styled folk melodies of the Four Norwegian Moods.

DELIUS The walk to the Paradise Garden GRIEG Piano Concerto HOLST The Planets Composed in 1868 while he was holidaying with his wife and young child in Denmark, Grieg’s Piano Concerto embodies the spirit of one of the happiest times in the composer’s life. But it was more than two years later, after he showed it to the great Franz Liszt, before it achieved the public popularity that it has enjoyed ever since. By comparison, Holst’s planetary masterwork hit the British music scene like a thunderbolt. Practically overnight, he found himself elevated from the position of a virtual unknown into a national celebrity.

The Philharmonia was simply astonishing Musical America, November 2012

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JURAJ VALCUHA

YURI TEMIRKANOV

Thursday 24 October 2013 7.30pm

Thursday 31 October 2013 7.30pm

Juraj Valcuha conductor Sunwook Kim piano

Yuri Temirkanov conductor Vilde Frang violin

CHERUBINI Overture, Medea BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 4 BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 7

PROKOFIEV Symphony No. 1, Classical PROKOFIEV Violin Concerto No. 2 RACHMANINOV Symphony No. 2

Wagner referred to Beethoven’s Seventh as the ‘apotheosis of the dance’, noting that rhythm is the music’s prime motivating force. Time and time again throughout the symphony, Beethoven takes a small rhythmic idea and runs with it over and over as if mesmerised by the intoxicating power of its repetition, climaxing in a final coda of overwhelming joy and excitement. In this concert, music by Beethoven is paired with an operatic overture by the contemporary composer that he most admired, Luigi Cherubini.

Prokofiev and Rachmaninov were like chalk and cheese. Both were brilliant composer-pianists, but whereas Prokofiev was an iconoclast who delighted in railing at tradition, Rachmaninov inherited Tchaikovsky’s mantle without demur. They shared a genius for indelible melody, however; Prokofiev’s being typically cool and sleek while Rachmaninov preferred super-heated luxuriance. Sponsored by The Meyer Foundation 6pm, Music of Today, Royal Festival Hall. A portrait of Christophe Bertrand, conducted by Alejo Pérez. FREE admission

On unbeatable form The Guardian, February 2012

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GUSTAVO DUDAMEL Thursday 14 November 2013 7.30pm Gustavo Dudamel conductor MAHLER Symphony No. 7

CHRISTOPH VON DOHNÁNYI Thursday 21 November 2013 7.30pm Christoph von Dohnányi conductor Renaud Capuçon violin Veronika Hagen viola MOZART Sinfonia Concertante for violin and viola, K364 BRUCKNER Symphony No. 7

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The Seventh is one of Mahler’s most bewitching musical creations. At its heart are two movements entitled Nachtmusik (‘Night Music’) and a central scherzo whose haunting atmosphere and ghostly meanderings appear to inhabit another world. Add to that a pair of outer movements of deeply unsettling changeability and Dudamel’s conducting alchemy, and you are guaranteed a night out to remember.

Bruckner hardly got off to a flying start as a symphonist: his First was dismissed as ‘wild and daring’, the Second as ‘nonsense’ and the trailblazing Third as ‘unplayable’. The turning point came with the Seventh Symphony, which enjoyed a 15-minute standing ovation at its Leipzig première and was then vigorously applauded after every movement by the Viennese. Sponsored by The Meyer Foundation 6pm, Music of Today, Royal Festival Hall. A portrait of Benedict Mason, conducted by Johannes Debus. FREE admission

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NAPOLÉON Saturday 30 November 2013 1.30pm (Please note start and running times) Carl Davis conductor / composer Napoléon (Silent film with live music)

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Presented by special arrangement with Photoplay Productions and the BFI National Archive.

Courtesy Photoplay Productions

Carl Davis’s epic score for the 1927 silent film of Napoléon (directed by Abel Gance) is not only the longest ever composed, but it is also widely celebrated as one of the finest. In this performance of the elaborately tinted and toned restoration by Photoplay Productions and BFI – complete with its dazzling triptych finale – music and film lovers are given a rare opportunity

to experience one of the greatest achievements in cinema history, a seamless blend of traditional material and Davis’s own unique creative genius. Please note: there will be two intervals plus a 100-minute interval at c. 5.00pm. End time c. 9.30pm.

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TUGAN SOKHIEV Thursday 12 December 2013 7.30pm Tugan Sokhiev conductor Viktoria Mullova violin Anastasia Kalagina soprano MENDELSSOHN Violin Concerto MAHLER Symphony No. 4

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Two of the most enchanting pieces of the Romantic era, Mendelssohn’s life-enhancing concerto creates the impression of having been conceived in one miraculous sweep (in fact it took him six years, on and off), while Mahler’s Fourth possesses a magical, Mendelssohnian innocence, culminating in one of the most angelically beautiful song-settings ever composed.

ANDRIS NELSONS: BRAHMS CYCLE B

Thursday 23 January 2014 7.30pm

Andris Nelsons conductor Hélène Grimaud piano

Fourth Symphony was the last of his works he saw performed. Applause broke out at the end of every movement leaving the great man with tears streaming down his face.

BRAHMS Piano Concerto No. 2 BRAHMS Symphony No. 4 Andris Nelsons’s Brahms series continues with the epic Second Piano Concerto, a symphonic powerhouse of scorching virtuosity that the composer mischievously described as ‘a set of little piano pieces’. The majestic

Sponsored by The Meyer Foundation 6pm, Music of Today, Royal Festival Hall. A portrait of Jonathan Harvey conducted by Antony Hermus with Hae-Sun Kang (violin). FREE admission

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STRAUSS 150TH ANNIVERSARY 2014 S

Thursday 30 January 2014 7.30pm

Philippe Jordan conductor Soloist to be announced WAGNER Overture, Tannhäuser STRAUSS Songs with orchestral accompaniment STRAUSS Don Juan STRAUSS ‘Dance of the Seven Veils’ and ‘Closing Scene’, Salome

Don Juan Strauss takes the listener on an exhilarating helter-skelter ride of orchestral machismo, surfing the unquenchable tide of the Don’s libidinous exploits. The programme concludes with music from the climax to his sumptuous and shocking one-act opera Salome, including the famous ‘Dance of the Seven Veils’.

There could be no better way to begin our celebrations of the 150th anniversary of Strauss’s birth than with this captivating programme, announced by the composer who was his most potent influence: Richard Wagner. In his orchestral swashbuckler

6pm, Pre-concert talk, Royal Festival Hall. An introduction to this evening’s programme FREE admission

Thursday 6 February 2014 7.30pm

gem from Thomas Adès. Subtitled ‘Concentric Paths’, it consists of three spellbinding movements – ‘Rings, ‘Paths’ and ‘Rounds’ – that constantly arrest the attention with their audacious creative surge and sense of spiralling towards the unknown.

Nicholas Collon conductor Pekka Kuusisto violin BRITTEN ‘Four Sea Interludes’, Peter Grimes ADÈS Violin Concerto VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Symphony No. 6 A classic, all-British programme featuring two established masterpieces from the period immediately following the Second World War, and a modern

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Please see pages 12 & 13 for details of the full Strauss 150 series

6pm, Pre-concert recital, Royal Festival Hall. Recital by a winner of the Martin Musical Scholarship Fund. FREE Admission

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ANDRIS NELSONS: BRAHMS CYCLE B

Thursday 20 February 2014 7.30pm

Andris Nelsons conductor Christian Tetzlaff violin BRAHMS Academic Festival Overture BRAHMS Violin Concerto BRAHMS Symphony No. 2 Tonight’s programme finds Brahms at his most radiantly inspired and upbeat. The ebullient Academic Festival Overture raises the curtain on one of the great violin concertos, which soars aloft with ecstatic brilliance. When working on his sublime Second Symphony, Brahms wrote contentedly to a friend: ‘The melodies flow so freely that one must be careful not to tread on them.’

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Sunday 23 February 2014 7.30pm

Andris Nelsons conductor Annette Dasch soprano James Rutherford baritone Philharmonia Chorus BRAHMS Tragic Overture BRAHMS Schicksalslied (Song of Destiny) BRAHMS Ein deutsches Requiem Andris Nelsons’s Brahms series climaxes in Ein deutsches Requiem, composed in memory of the composer’s mother and his most famous champion, Robert Schumann. In this epic masterwork he poured out his heart as never before, a profound emotional release from a young composer who had emerged from desperately impoverished beginnings and now stood on the verge of international acclaim. It is performed this evening alongside a choral work regarded as second only to Ein deutsches Requiem, the Song of Destiny.

6pm, Pre-concert recital, Royal Festival Hall. Recital by a winner of the Martin Musical Scholarship Fund. FREE Admission

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STRAUSS 150TH ANNIVERSARY 2014 Richard Strauss – silhouette by Matthias Walter, 1933 © Lebrecht Music & Arts

A series of special concerts marking the 150th Anniversary of the birth of Richard Strauss led by conductors with a personal affinity for his music. The Philharmonia Orchestra has a particularly close historic relationship with the music of Strauss (who conducted the Orchestra in 1947); it performed the world première of the Four Last Songs in 1950 after the composer’s death.

CHRISTOPH VON DOHNÁNYI S

Thursday 27 February 2014 7.30pm

Christoph von Dohnányi conductor Martin Helmchen piano BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 1 STRAUSS Ein Heldenleben The 35-year-old Richard Strauss caused a sensation with his tone poem ‘A Hero’s Tale’ when it was premièred in 1898, shocking musicians and critics with what was assumed to be an egotistical display of musical autobiography. Since then opinion has been divided – might 16

it be an ironic statement of musical bombast? – but few disagree that it is an extraordinary achievement, rich with flamboyance, colour and pictorial drama. Sponsored by The Meyer Foundation 6pm, Music of Today, Royal Festival Hall. A portrait of Karin Rehnqvist, conducted by Peter Tilling with Marie Axelsson and Johanna Bölja Hertzberg (sopranos). FREE admission

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LORIN MAAZEL S

Thursday 20 March 2014 7.30pm

Lorin Maazel conductor STRAUSS Also sprach Zarathustra STRAUSS Ein Alpensinfonie Our Strauss celebrations continue with two of his most celebrated orchestral blockbusters. Also sprach Zarathustra, Strauss’s ‘homage to Nietzsche’s genius’, became a hit after film director Stanley Kubrick used it for 2001: A Space Odyssey. The Alpine Symphony, scored for a vast orchestra, recounts a mountaineering adventure in graphic detail.

6pm, Pre-concert recital, Royal Festival Hall. Recital by a winner of the Martin Musical Scholarship Fund. FREE Admission

Sunday 23 March 2014 3.00pm Lorin Maazel conductor Esther Yoo violin STRAUSS Till Eulenspiegel MOZART Violin Concerto No. 3, K216 MUSSORGSKY (arr. Ravel) Pictures at an Exhibition This afternoon’s concert opens with one of Strauss’s most sparkling miniatures. Till Eulenspiegel depicts the “merry pranks” of its eponymous hero, a German peasant who flirts, teases, pokes fun at the clergy and rides his horse through a marketplace. It is paired with Ravel’s equally pictorial orchestration of Mussorgsky’s musical walk through an art gallery, Pictures at an Exhibition.

CHRISTOPH VON DOHNÁNYI S

Thursday 5 June 2014 7.30pm

Christoph von Dohnányi conductor Soloist to be announced

works in appreciation! Tonight’s concert is poignant in its juxtaposition of Mahler’s youthful First Symphony and Strauss’s four last completed song settings, a glorious musical swansong.

BEETHOVEN Overture, Leonore No.1 STRAUSS Four Last Songs MAHLER Symphony No. 1 Strauss and Mahler were in awe of one another: Strauss was so moved by Mahler’s Fourth Symphony that he sent him a parcel of all of his published

6pm, Pre-concert recital, Royal Festival Hall. Recital by a winner of the Martin Musical Scholarship Fund. FREE Admission

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BOHEMIAN LEGENDS

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A series of three concerts celebrating the musical legacy of Antonín Dvorák through his own music and the voices of the compatriot composers he particularly influenced, his son-in-law Josef Suk and Leos Janácek. Jakub Hrůša is one of the most exciting and authentic interpreters of this colourful, vibrant and unique musical language. BL

Thursday 10 April 2014 7.30pm

Jakub Hrůša conductor Arabella Steinbacher violin JANÁCEK Overture, Jealousy DVORÁK Violin Concerto in A minor SUK Praga JANÁCEK Sinfonietta The first concert in Jakub Hrůša’s Czech series opens with two rarely-performed works: Janácek’s breathtaking overture

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Jealousy, and Josef Suk’s symphonic poem Praga. Dvorák’s enchanting Violin Concerto is followed by his sonin-law Janácek’s best known work, the Sinfonietta, a dazzlingly inventive score dedicated to ‘the free Czech men and women of today’. 6pm, Pre-concert performance, Royal Festival Hall. A concert including Janácek’s Capriccio, introduced by Jakub Hrůša in conversation. FREE admission

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Sunday 13 April 2014 7.30pm

Jakub Hrůša conductor Lukáš Vondrácek piano Soprano to be announced Elena Manistina mezzo-soprano Pavel Cernoch tenor Mischa Schelomianski bass Thomas Trotter organ Chorus to be announced SUK Scherzo Fantastique DVORÁK Piano Concerto JANÁCEK Glagolitic Mass Janácek’s Glagolitic Mass is an exultant affirmation of the power of love and friendship. ‘In the tenor solo I hear a high priest,’ Janácek explained, ‘in the soprano solo a girlish angel and in the chorus our people.’ Each of the five main choral sections is preceded by a thrilling instrumental fanfare, culminating in a lustrous solo organ fantasia before the work’s uplifting final section.

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Thursday 15 May 2014 7.30pm

Jakub Hrůša conductor Truls Mørk cello DVORÁK Cello Concerto SUK Asrael Symphony The final Czech concert conducted by Jakub Hrůša pairs Dvorák’s eloquent Cello Concerto with his son-in-law Josef Suk’s heartfelt Asrael Symphony. Composed in memory of Dvorák and his own wife (Dvorák’s daughter), the symphony is named after the angel of death who protects the deceased during their journey in the afterlife to the land of eternal blissfulness.

6pm, Pre-concert performance, Royal Festival Hall. A concert performance of Janácek’s The Diary of One Who Disappeared, introduced by Jakub Hrůša in conversation. FREE admission

6pm, Pre-concert talk, Royal Festival Hall. An introduction to Janácek’s Glagolitic Mass. FREE admission

A superb display of virtuosity The Guardian, January 2011

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Tickets may also be purchased from Southbank Centre PHONE: 0844 847 9921 (9am-8pm daily) * ONLINE: www.southbankcentre.co.uk * FAX: 0871 663 2594 * IN PERSON: Ticket Office, Royal Festival Hall 10am-8pm daily * Transaction fees apply. No fee for Southbank Centre Members

CONCESSIONS A limited allocation of half-price tickets is available for recipients of Jobseekers Allowance, Income Support, Pension Credit, Under-16s and full-time students. Appropriate cards to be shown. Please note that discounts / concessions cannot be combined.

ONLINE: www.philharmonia.co.uk (NB this facility is not available for group bookings) E-MAIL: boxoffice@philharmonia.co.uk Transaction fees apply, phone and post £2.75, online £1.75 on all bookings through the Philharmonia box office

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PATRONS WITH DISABILITIES Southbank Centre is accessible to people with disabilities. Visitors with a disability should join Southbank Centre’s free Access List. You may be eligible for tickets at concessionary prices; a free ticket for a companion who can assist you during your visit; and receive information in alternative formats. To join please call 0844 847 9910, email accesslist@ southbankcentre.co.uk or visit www. southbankcentre.co.uk / access The auditorium is fitted with Sennheiser infra-red systems. Receivers can be collected from the cloakroom in the Royal Festival Hall. LEVEL ACCESS There is level access throughout the Royal Festival Hall from the internal lifts (some of the lifts have a limited weight capacity; please call 0844 847 9910 to confirm), and there are wheelchair spaces in the boxes, choir seats, side and rear stalls of the auditorium. Tickets for wheelchair spaces can be booked online or by phone on 0800 652 6717 or 0844 847 9910. This brochure is available in alternative formats Call 0800 652 6717

Freephone Box Office 0800 652 6717


BOOKING FORM Cut out and post this booking form to: Philharmonia Orchestra Box Office, FREEPOST RRGT-AHSU-GXRE, London, SE1 7NX Or scan and email to: boxoffice@philharmonia.co.uk Or fax to: 020 7921 3950

1. Select the concerts you wish to attend 2. Select where you would like to sit in the concert hall from the plan overleaf (NB you do not have to sit in the same area for all of your concerts – please indicate your requirements on the booking form) Please note that choir seats are not available for the concerts marked ‘Choir n /a’ 3. If you require additional tickets for Preferred Pricing & Area Code

Date

Example

1st choice

2nd choice

FS / P1

RS / P1

any concerts please indicate the number you require in the ‘additional tickets’ box If you would like help completing your booking form, please call us on FREEPHONE 0800 652 6717. If you would prefer us to calculate the total costs of your tickets, please feel free to leave the payment totals blank: we will advise you of the costs when we send your tickets. No of subscription tickets

No of additional tickets (charged at full price)

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26 Sep 2013 Salonen et al (Choir n/a) 29 Sep 2013 Salonen / Anderszewski 10 Oct 2013 Nelsons / Grimaud 13 Oct 2013 Nelsons / Tetzlaff 17 Oct 2013 Ashkenazy / Kopatchinskaja 20 Oct 2013 Ashkenazy / Ott 24 Oct 2013 Valcuha  / Kim 31 Oct 2013 Temirkanov / Frang 14 Nov 2013 Dudamel 21 Nov 2013 Dohnányi / Capuçon / Hagen 30 Nov 2013 Davis/Napoléon

P

(Choir n/a)

12 Dec 2013 Sokhiev / Mullova / Kalagina 23 Jan 2014 Nelsons / Grimaud 30 Jan 2014 Jordan / soloist tbc 6 Feb 2014 Collon / Kuusisto 20 Feb 2014 Nelsons / Tetzlaff 23 Feb 2014 Nelsons et al (Choir n/a) 27 Feb 2014 Dohnányi / Helmchen 20 Mar 2014 Maazel 23 Mar 2014 Maazel / Yoo 10 Apr 2014 Hrůša / Steinbacher 13 Apr 2014 Hrůša et al (Choir n/a) 15 May 2014 Hrůša / Mørk 5 Jun 2014 Dohnányi / soloist to be announced Sub-total: cost of subscription tickets Add together the discounted prices of your tickets – see p.16 for details Sub-total: cost of additional tickets Add a £2.75 fee per transaction Total

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Please fill in your name and address and payment details below (BLOCK CAPITALS PLEASE)

Forename / Initial

Title

Surname

Friend / Customer Number (if known) Contact phone numbers (in case we have a query with your booking) Day

Evening

Address Postcode E-mail address

Please tick as many of the boxes below EVEN IF you received this brochure from the Philharmonia Orchestra and have ticked similar boxes before. I would like to join / remain on the Philharmonia Orchestra’s Marketing List, and give my permission to the Orchestra to send me information about future Philharmonia Orchestra events. I am happy to receive information from other carefully selected arts organisations. PAYMENT DETAILS I enclose a cheque / postal order stating an upper limit and made payable to Philharmonia Ltd (this is in case your first choice of seats is not available). I enclose three cheques stating an upper limit made payable to Philharmonia Ltd, one with today’s date, two post-dated with dates in the next two months. Cheque 1: date:

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£:

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I wish to pay by credit card (Mastercard, Visa, Amex, Maestro) Card number Issue number & start date (Maestro only)

Expiry date

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CSC number* Signature Today’s date

*For most credit / debit cards the CSC number is the last 3 digits of the number printed on the signature band on the REVERSE of your card. For AMEX cards the CSC number is 4 digits and is printed on the FRONT of the card after and above the main number. This is an additional security measure to help prevent credit card fraud and is required before your transaction can be completed. Please ensure you have written your postcode on the booking form, as this is also required. Send your booking form to: Philharmonia Orchestra Box Office, FREEPOST RRGT-AHSU-GXRE, London, SE1 7NX or Email boxoffice@philharmonia.co.uk | Fax 020 7921 3950 Your tickets will be posted to you within 28 days of receipt of your booking form.

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Freephone Box Office 0800 652 6717


BOOKING INFORMATION /  TICKET PRICES Balcony

ROYAL FESTIVAL HALL

P7 P6 P5 P4 P2

Rear Stalls P7 P6 P4 P3 P2

P7 P6 P5 P4 P3 P2 P1

P2 Side Stalls

Side Stalls

Front Stalls P6

P2 P3

P2 Boxes

P7

P5

P1 P2

P4

P4

Boxes

P6

Performance Area P2

P1

P1 Choir P7

P2

SINGLE TICKET PRICES Signature seats *

P1

P2

P3

P4

P5

P6

P7

Standard priced concert

£48

£40

£31

£25

£20

£15

£12

£9

P Premium priced concert

£60

£45

£36

£29

£24

£18

£15

£11

Front Stalls (FS) Rear Stalls (RS) Balcony (BY) Boxes (BX) Side Stalls (SS)

Front Stalls (FS) Rear Stalls (RS)

Rear Stalls (RS) Balcony (BY) Side Stalls (SS) Wheelchair (WH)

Rear Stalls (RS) Balcony (BY) Wheelchair (WH)

Rear Stalls (RS) Balcony (BY) Side Stalls (SS) Wheelchair (WH)

Rear Stalls (RS) Balcony (BY) Side Stalls (SS) Choir (CH) Wheelchair (WH)

Prices codes

Location (Royal Selected Front Stalls Festival Hall) Front (FS) Stalls Rear Stalls (RS) Boxes (BX)

PREMIUM CONCERTS P All of our concerts are eligible for substantial discounts if you book for more than 3 concerts in one transaction. Concerts that are premium priced but eligible for subscription discounts are marked on the booking form with the P symbol. * SIGNATURE SEATS We have selected the front stalls seats in the auditorium with the best acoustic and view (concerts with a piano soloist will have keyboard side premium seats) and will sell these on a first come first served basis at £48 each and £60 for 30 Nov 2013, where premium pricing applies. Subscription discounts do not apply although these events can be included in the total number of concerts when applying the subscription discount. Please call FREEPHONE 0800 652 6717 for more information.

SUBSCRIBE AND SAVE: Great discounts if you book for 3 or more concerts! Book for 3 or more concerts and receive the following discounts on your tickets: 3-5 concerts 10% discount 6-8 concerts 15% discount 9-11 concerts 20% discount 12-14 concerts 25% discount 15 + concerts 30% discount For discounted ticket prices see page 16 Philharmonia Orchestra subscribers also receive other special benefits, including: - Free ticket exchange scheme (up to 2 working days before concert) - Flexible payment: spread the costs of your tickets over 3 months

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SPONSORS AND SUPPORTERS The Philharmonia Orchestra is grateful to its sponsors and supporters who make possible the quality and diversity of its work. The Philharmonia Orchestra’s 2013 / 14 Royal Festival Hall season would not be possible without the particular support of Mr Vincent Meyer and The Meyer Foundation. The Philharmonia Orchestra would also like to thank the following major donors and Trusts and Foundations: •Mrs Joscelyn Fox •Mercedes and Michael Hoffman •Sir Sydney & Lady Lipworth •The Zvi & Ofra Meitar Family Fund •Mr & Mrs G Modiano •Dr David Potter CBE •Mr Geoff Richards •The Dowager Viscountess Rothermere and an anonymous donor •The Edith Murphy Foundation •The Delius Trust •Dunard Fund •The Embassy of Finland •Eranda Foundation •Esmée Fairbairn Foundation •The Amaryllis Fleming Foundation •The Hugh Fraser Foundation

•Robert Fleming Hannay Memorial Charity •Foundation for Sport and the Arts •Edwin Fox Foundation •Paul Hamlyn Foundation •Harpur Trust •The Meyer Foundation •Adam Mickiewicz Institute •The Monument Trust •Paul Morgan Charitable Trust •NADFAS •The Neighbourly Charitable Trust •Creative Scotland •David and Elaine Potter Foundation •The Prince of Wales’s Charitable Foundation •Royal Philharmonic Society •Rubin Foundation Charitable Trust •Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung •The Wixamtree Trust

How to support: tel: 020 7921 3903; email: development@philharmonia.co.uk; web: philharmonia.co.uk / support


JOIN US

WELCOME TO SOUTHBANK CENTRE’S ROYAL FESTIVAL HALL

The Friends of the Philharmonia play an essential role in the life of the Orchestra, both on and off the stage. From ambitious artistic projects to local community education programmes; it is with the support of its Friends that the Philharmonia is able to maintain the highest quality music-making across the UK and the world.

Southbank Centre is located on the Thames riverside between Golden Jubilee and Waterloo Bridges.

From Open Rehearsals to lunches with players, as a Friend you can enjoy the Philharmonia from a completely new perspective. Join us today and play your part in supporting the Philharmonia Orchestra. Membership from £35 – Priority Booking – Members’ Bar – Open Rehearsals – Regular Newsletters – Invitations to special events How to join Call: 020 7921 3906 Email: friends@philharmonia.co.uk Web: philharmonia.co.uk / friends Shop & Eat at Southbank Centre With sweeping views across the river Thames from the London Eye to St Paul’s Cathedral, Festival Riverside and Festival Terrace are lined with shops and a range of restaurants, linking the constantly evolving creative spaces in Southbank Centre.

Getting to Southbank Centre Southbank Centre. Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX By underground: To Waterloo or cross the river from Temple, Embankment or Charing Cross By rail: To Waterloo or Waterloo East or cross the river from Charing Cross By bus: To Waterloo: 1, RV1, 4, 26, 59, 68, X68, 76, 139, 168, 171, 172, 176, 188, 243, 341, 521 stop on Waterloo Bridge; 77, 211, 381, 507 stop in York Rd and Stamford St. 24-hour bus information 020 7222 1234 Southbank Centre has 2 car parks, both open 24 hours: Southbank Centre Car Park - Hayward Gallery Southbank Centre Car Park - Hungerford Bridge Evening discounted rates apply after 5pm. southbankcentre.co.uk/visitor-info/parking Access Southbank Centre is accessible to people with disabilities. Access line 0844 847 9910 www.southbankcentre.co.uk / access


Š Benjamin Ealovega


The Philharmonia’s playing was terrific, in detail and in grand design. The Observer, February 2011


Philharmonia Orchestra 6th Floor, The Tower Building, 11 York Road, London SE1 7NX Tel 020 7921 3900, Fax 020 7921 3950 Freephone box office 0800 652 6717 Email boxoffice@philharmonia.co.uk www.philharmonia.co.uk @philharmonia Philharmonia Orchestra /philharmonialondon Philharmonia Orchestra and Southbank Centre are both registered charities. All the information in this brochure was correct at the time of going to press, but changes may be unavoidable. Concerts copy Julian Haylock Design HarrimanSteel Print cantate.biz


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