Wednesday 2 Aug 2017, 7pmRoyal Albert Hall, London

Venue Box Office: 0845 401 5045

Esa-Pekka Salonen conductor

Marianne Crebassa mezzo soprano

Philharmonia Voices

Bach arr. STRAVINSKY Canonic Variations on 'Vom Himmel hoch, da komm, ich her

Ravel Shéhérazade


John Adams Naïve and Sentimental Music

In a highly evocative programme, Esa-Pekka Salonen explores the creative influences behind three giants of 20th-century music. Opening the programme, Stravinsky’s arrangement of ‘Vom Himmel hoch da komm ich her’ enhances Bach’s original set of chorale variations, themselves a magnification of Martin Luther’s original Christmas hymn. Shéhérazade, meanwhile, reveals the intoxicating mind of a young Ravel. This magical song cycle sets to music three texts by Tristan Klingsor – free-verse poems inspired by Rimsky-Korsakov’s original orchestral work. Dedicated to Salonen and premiered by him in 1999, Adams’ Naïve and Sentimental Music is as much a response to the grand symphonies of the past as it is inspired by them, ever striving towards an elusive, graceful spontaneity.