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London Philharmonic Orchestra: Pre-Concert Event – Hamlet In Russia

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Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre


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London Philharmonic Orchestra: Pre-Concert Event – Hamlet In Russia

Part of the Shakespeare 400 series of talks

The London Philharmonic Orchestra – founded by Sir Thomas Beecham in 1932 – is one of the world's finest symphony orchestras, balancing a long and distinguished history with a reputation as one of the UK's most adventurous and forward-looking orchestras. As well as giving classical concerts and opera performances in the UK and internationally, the orchestra also record film and video game soundtracks, have their own record label, and reach thousands of people every year through activities for schools and local communities. For his 1964 film adaptation of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, the avant-garde Russian director Grigori Kozintsev transformed the classic text into something far more modern and scandalous. In Kozintsev’s controversial treatment, Shakespeare’s characters were turned on their heads, the text was truncated, edited, and translated into Russian, and both the story and music were darkly satirical. Hear parts of Shostakovich’s intriguing film score performed by musicians from the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s Foyle Future Firsts Development Programme and LPO Players, conducted by Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor Vladimir Jurowski. Talk duration: 30 minutes. This event is free and entry is on a first come first served basis, so it can't be guaranteed. You need to be registered to store the event information in your profile, but rest assured, we won't charge you a penny.

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