Age of Anxiety: A performance by The London Philharmonic Orchestra

Anxiety has never been so warmly embraced; the London Philharmonic Orchestra demonstrated a masterful performance which enchanted the audience through the command of Russian-born conductor, Vasily Petrenko. Renowned amongst musical circles and demonstrating heartfelt passion for his craft, Petrenko’s skills are underlined by his credentials as the current chief conductor of the Royal Liverpool Orchestra and the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra.

The evening was ushered in with an Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia, a piece from Soviet composer Aram Khachaturian’s ballet Spartacus, depicting the jovial reunification of the protagonist and his lover Phrygia. Thus, the Orchestra’s performance opened on a vivid and rather celebratory tone, lulling the audience into a sense of security before the proceeding Concerto and Symphony. Perhaps considered as one of the world’s greatest musical compositions, Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No.1 was performed by George Li, a world-renowned young pianist, and recent Harvard University graduate. Li guided the audience through peaks of stress to troughs of calm, and in conjunction with the vibrant ensemble of the orchestra, the audience were truly treated to an emotive spectacle.

Following a short interlude, the finale saw a recital of William Walton’s Symphony No. 1- a piece which Walton struggled to complete, allegedly due to the dissolution of a long-term love affair with German Baroness, Imma von Doernberg. The dramatic, near apocalyptic atmosphere generated by the Orchestra provided a soulful ending, thoroughly deserving of the rapturous applause which followed.

The RBCC would like to thank the London Philharmonic Orchestra for the wonderful evening of entertainment, and for accommodating RBCC Staff and Members so cordially.

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01 April 2019

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Paul Morrison

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