This afternoon's concert opens with one of Strauss's most sparkling miniatures. Till Eulenspiegel depicts the "merry pranks" of its eponymous hero, a German peasant who flirts, teases, pokes fun at the clergy and rides his horse through a marketplace. It is paired with Ravel's equally pictorial orchestration of Mussorgsky's musical walk through an art gallery, Pictures at an Exhibition.
More concerts at Royal Festival Hall:
May 22 2013, 19:30 - Royal Festival Hall
Sir Andrew Davis celebrates Wagner's bicentenary, conducting excerpts from Die Meistersinger and Die Walküre
May 30 2013, 18:00 - Royal Festival Hall
Professor Jonathan Cross introduces the evening’s programme.
London Autumn-Spring 2013/14
Find out about the Philharmonia's 2013/14 season of concerts at Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall