Sunday 3 Jun 2018, 7.30pmRoyal Festival Hall, London

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Paavo Järvi conductor

Denis Kozhukhin piano

Dukas The Sorcerer's Apprentice

Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 3


Berlioz Symphonie fantastique

Paavo Järvi conducts a programme of fire and fantasy. Dukas’ magical tale of a wayward sorcerer’s apprentice leads into Rachmaninov’s dazzling Third Piano Concerto. Beginning slowly, creeping through a winding folk-like melody, the Concerto speeds into glittering cadenzas, a sparkling waltz and dizzying variations before reaching an astoundingly acrobatic coda. Finally, Berlioz’ psychedelic Symphonie fantastique imagines a fantastical account of an artist and his great love, a thinly veiled allegory for his own relationship with actress Harriet Smithson.

Triggered by the protagonist’s near opium overdose, the music journeys through five scenes: the first, detailing his passion upon catching a glimpse of the woman of his dreams, introduced by a longing, later recurring theme or idée fixe in the flute and strings; the second a spinning ballroom; the third a day in the countryside; witnessing his own execution in the fourth; and finally, a riotous witches' Sabbath. 

Khatia Buniatishvili, who was originally advertised as the soloist in Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No.3, is unable to perform. We are grateful to Denis Kozhukhin for stepping in to replace her.