Royal Philharmonic Orchestra: Melodius Midsummer @ Cliffs Pavilion
Conductor: Alexander shelley
Soloist: Teo Gheorghiu (piano)
Mendelssohn: Overture, Nocturne & Scherzo from Midsummer Night’s Dream
Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1
Sibelius: Symphony No. 5
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The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is joined by its Principal Associate Conductor Alexander Shelley for a stirring concert. Opening will be excerpts from Mendelssohn’s interpretation of Shakespeare’s magical A Midsummer Night’s Dream, including the peaceful Nocturne.
The centre piece of the evening will be one of the most challenging concertos in the entire piano repertoire – Tchaikovsky’s mighty Piano Concerto No.1, performed by Teo Gheorghiu. This sparkling Russian gem blends together Ukrainian folk themes, French song and a grand opening tune to triumphant effect and in 1958 actually became the first piece of classical music to sell over 1 million copies.
Sibelius’ Fifth Symphony opens with a radiant opening horn call that creates an atmosphere of mysterious beauty which keeps the listener in its mighty grip through this powerful piece.