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London Philharmonic Orchestra: Shakespeare400 - The Tempest

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Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre

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London Philharmonic Orchestra: Shakespeare400 - The Tempest

Osmo Vänskä conducts Sibelius and Dvořák, with Simon Callow narrating

It's been 150 years since the birth of Finnish composer Jean Sibelius and the LPO are going to celebrate in the best way possible. Osmo Vänskä – perhaps his most significant living advocate – conducts some of the last music the composer wrote: Vänskä’s own narrated arrangement of excerpts from the orchestral suites for The Tempest, based on incidental music written in 1925 for a performance of the play in Copenhagen. This most ambitious of Sibelius’s theatre scores sees the composer exploring the tantalising new sonorities and techniques that might have come to fruition were it not for his famous creative block of three decades. All the magic and mystery of The Tempest is heard here after a rare performance by Stephen Hough of Dvořák’s compelling and virtuosic Piano Concerto. And excerpts from the play will be narrated by the inimitable Simon Callow. This is live classical music to die for. Programme: Dvořák Piano Concerto Sibelius The Tempest: excerpts from the Incidental Music Osmo Vänskä: conductor Stephen Hough: piano Lilli Paasikivi: mezzo soprano Simon Callow: narrator Tickets are non-refundable and exchangeable. Best available seating will be allocated.

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