Sunday 3 Dec 2017, 3pmRoyal Festival Hall, London

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Elim Chan conductor

Simon Trpčeski piano

Tchaikovsky Fantasy Overture, Romeo and Juliet

Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1

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Prokofiev Romeo and Juliet excerpts

Two accounts of Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers bookend a programme of Russian masterworks. Tchaikovsky’s Overture to Romeo and Juliet, with its glorious love theme moves into one of the greatest Russian powerhouses of all time: Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto, unmistakable for its magnificently grand opening chords.

Finally, excerpts from Prokofiev’s ballet music for Romeo and Juliet: the Montagues and Capulets at the great Capulet ball; the famous balcony scene; the death of Tybalt, who Romeo kills to avenge the death of Mercutio; and the story’s tragic end, which finds Romeo weeping by the grave of Juliet and taking poison before Juliet wakes, too late, from her drug-induced sleep. 

PLEASE NOTE: Krzysztof Urbański is unfortunately indisposed and has had to withdraw from this performance. We're delighted that Elim Chan, winner of the 2014 Donatella Flick conducting competition, is stepping in at short notice.

This concert is part of the Sunday Matinees series

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