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Online: Vasily Petrenko with Jess Gillam and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Thursday April 8, 2021 at 19:00
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Thursday April 8, 2021
Online: Royal Albert Hall, London
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  1. Overture, from Euryanthe - Carl Maria von Weber
  2. Fantasia for saxophone and chamber orchestra - Heitor Villa-Lobos
  3. Rant - John Harle
  4. Symphony No 4 in E minor Op 98 - Johannes Brahms

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Music Director Designate Vasily Petrenko are thrilled to be back on the Royal Albert Hall stage this spring for the first of three exceptional concerts, all recorded within this magnificent, landmark venue and brought directly to you in the comfort of your own home as a streamed performance.

Joining the Orchestra for the opening concert is star saxophonist Jess Gillam: a passionate and dynamic performer who has achieved international recognition as a soloist, performing at events including the BBC Proms' Last Night of the Proms and Baftas

A sensational programme awaits you: Brazilian composer Villa-Lobos’s lively Fantasia is filled with rhythmic vigour and flowing melodic lines that really show off the beautiful tones of the soprano saxophone. John Harle’s Rant! is described as ‘a portrait of Jess Gillam – her energy, her sound and her presence, painted in music from her own part of England.’ A thrilling piece that shows off her exuberance with dazzling rapid passages, Rand! was written especially for Jess by her mentor, the legendary saxophonist John Harle.

Framing these works are two orchestral masterpieces that perfectly illustrate the exciting new partnership between the RPO and Vasily Petrenko. Weber’s Euryanthe Overture provides a charming introduction to a performance that concludes with Brahms’s majestic Symphony No 4. From its dramatic opening it flows between urgency and lyrical beauty, using every instrument within the orchestra to drive it towards its roaring and joyful conclusion.

Once you have bought your ticket(s) you will be sent joining instructions ahead of the performance to help you sign in and prepare for the premiere.

The performance will be available to view up to 14 days after the event has ended and can be accessed until 8 April 7:30pm BST.

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