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Paavo Järvi & the NHK Symphony Orchestra

Add to my Calendar 24-02-2020 19:30 24-02-2020 21:30 36 Paavo Järvi & the NHK Symphony Orchestra Indulge yourself with Rachmaninov’s lush, lyrical symphony, and Schumann’s Concerto for Cello. When Paavo Järvi and the NHK Symphony first performed together in London in 2017, the reviews said it all: ‘a swashbuckling performance’ (The Guardian), ‘stunningly dramatic’ (The Times) and ‘magnificent’ (Bachtrack). Join Järvi and the renowned Japanese orchestra for their highly anticipated return visit to London with a programme to indulge the senses. The evening begins with Takemitsu’s beautiful How slow the wind, in which a seven-tone motif moves in a subtly changing cycle, creating an impression of delicate natural forces. Its gorgeous harmonies and textures create a soundworld reminisent of Debussy. The restrained use of the orchestra in Schumann’s Concerto for Cello provides a backdrop for the soloist’s impassioned melodies. Listeners should look forward to the work’s romantic opening and dreamily poetic slow movement. The Financial Times says of soloist Sol Gabetta: ‘she commands the sort of technique that unravels even the fiercest knot with apparently nonchalant savoir-faire.’ The luxuriously sentimental sweep of Rachmaninov’s Second makes it one of the greatest of all Russian symphonies. The composer was devastated by the premiere of his First Symphony, which went exceptionally badly, resulting in a long stretch of writer's block and extensive consultation with the psychiatrist Dr. Nikolai Dahl. It was 12 years later that Rachmaninov was finally able to produce his Second Symphony. While he continued to be haunted by memories of his earlier failure, he was vindicated by the triumphant reception of his second attempt. This concert is part of the Japan-UK Season of Culture 2019-2020. Royal Festival Hall, London DD/MM/YYYY

Details

Royal Festival Hall
Southbank Centre
Belvedere Rd

London
SE1 8XX
England


Programme

Toru TakemitsuHow slow the wind
Robert SchumannCello Concerto in A minor, Op.129
~ Interval ~
Sergei RachmaninovSymphony no.2 in E minor, Op.27

Performers

Paavo Jarvi – Conductor
Sol Gabetta – cello

NHK Symphony Orchestra

Programme Note

Indulge yourself with Rachmaninov’s lush, lyrical symphony, and Schumann’s Concerto for Cello.

When Paavo Järvi and the NHK Symphony first performed together in London in 2017, the reviews said it all: ‘a swashbuckling performance’ (The Guardian), ‘stunningly dramatic’ (The Times) and ‘magnificent’ (Bachtrack). Join Järvi and the renowned Japanese orchestra for their highly anticipated return visit to London with a programme to indulge the senses.

The evening begins with Takemitsu’s beautiful How slow the wind, in which a seven-tone motif moves in a subtly changing cycle, creating an impression of delicate natural forces. Its gorgeous harmonies and textures create a soundworld reminisent of Debussy.

The restrained use of the orchestra in Schumann’s Concerto for Cello provides a backdrop for the soloist’s impassioned melodies. Listeners should look forward to the work’s romantic opening and dreamily poetic slow movement. The Financial Times says of soloist Sol Gabetta: ‘she commands the sort of technique that unravels even the fiercest knot with apparently nonchalant savoir-faire.’

The luxuriously sentimental sweep of Rachmaninov’s Second makes it one of the greatest of all Russian symphonies. The composer was devastated by the premiere of his First Symphony, which went exceptionally badly, resulting in a long stretch of writer's block and extensive consultation with the psychiatrist Dr. Nikolai Dahl.

It was 12 years later that Rachmaninov was finally able to produce his Second Symphony. While he continued to be haunted by memories of his earlier failure, he was vindicated by the triumphant reception of his second attempt.

This concert is part of the Japan-UK Season of Culture 2019-2020.

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