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Philharmonia Orchestra: Musical Pictures
Resident Orchestra at The Marlowe

Philharmonia Orchestra: Musical Pictures

One of the world's great orchestras on your doorstep.

Alpesh Chauhan conductor
Valentina Lisitsa pianist

Stravinsky Dumbarton Oaks
Shostakovich Piano Concerto No. 2
Mussorgsky Pictures At An Exhibition

Step into spring with two lively pieces, ahead of Mussorgsky’s memorable musical journey through an art gallery.

From the iconic solo trumpet in the opening ‘Promenade’, past the charming ‘Ballet Of The Unhatched Chicks’, and on to the devilish Russian legend of Baba Yaga, Pictures At An Exhibition is an exhilarating experience. Ten paintings brought to life through music lead the listener to a grand finale amongst the glittering golden towers of the ‘Great Gate of Kiev’.

Composed as both graduation showpiece and 19th birthday present for the Shostakovich’s son Maxim, the Piano Concerto No. 2 remains one of his best-loved works, featuring high-spirited, playful outer movements framing a slow movement brimming with tenderness.

But first, a rare treat: bright, witty, and filled with optimism, Stravinsky’s Dumbarton Oaks is 15 minutes of pure musical magic.

 

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Philharmonia Orchestra: Musical Pictures