Tonight’s programme opens with music by two creative prodigies who were already well into their creative strides. Mozart composed his Jeunehomme Piano Concerto when he was 21, a stunning achievement which has at its emotional core a C minor slow movement of searing emotional intensity. Britten was 26 and recently arrived in America when he premiered his Young Apollo, a joyously inventive work for piano and strings composed as Britain was entering a Second World War. Vaughan Williams’s London Symphony dates from the First World War and carries a dedication to the composer George Butterworth, who was killed fighting in the trenches in 1916.
More concerts at Royal Festival Hall
May 24 2013, 20:00 - Konzerthaus Dortmund
Salonen conducts Korngold, Hermann and Williams in Dortmund as part of the Philharmonia's European Tour.
May 25 2013, 20:00 - Laieszhalle Hamburg
Salonen conducts Varèse and Stravinsky in Hamburg as part of the Philharmonia's European Tour.