Thursday 7 Feb 2019, 7.30pmRoyal Festival Hall, London

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Peter Eötvös conductor

Iveta Apkalna organ

László Fassang Hammond organ

Schoenberg Accompaniment to an Imaginary Film Scene, Op. 34

Bartók Dance Suite

Stravinsky Symphony in Three Movements


Peter Eötvös Multiversum

Hungarian composer Peter Eötvös conducts the UK premiere of his spectacular new work Multiversum alongside rhythmically charged music by three giants of the twentieth century.

Opening the programme, the nervous energy of Schoenberg’s Accompaniment to a Film Scene is inspired by the words ‘threatening, danger, fear, catastrophe’. Bartók and Stravinsky’s music finds its energy in darting rhythmic patterns, throwing light and shade across the orchestra.

Eötvös’s Multiversum, for orchestra, organ and hammond organ, explores the nature of the universe and what lies beyond. “Since Yuri Gagarin´s journey into space in 1961, technological advancements have caused us to marvel at the miracle of the cosmos. Research like Witten´s theory of the eleven dimensions and string theory has astounded us with its speculation on the nature of outer space, and has spurred me on in my compositional fantasy” (Peter Eötvös).

Multiversum is jointly co-commissioned by ElbPhilharmonie, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Kölner Philharmonie (KölnMusik), Center for Fine Arts (BOZAR) Brussels, MÜPA Budapest, Orchestre de la Suisse romande, Philharmonie de Paris, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra for its Ars Nova series, Philharmonia Orchestra and Southbank Centre. 



  • Prices: £45 (premium); £36; £28; £19; £12
  • Discounts: Subscription discounts available; under-18s and concessions discounts available; £6 tickets for students via Student Pulse one month before the concert (limited availability)
  • Running time: 120 minutes, including 20-minute interval
  • Please note: Choir stalls are not on sale
  • Before the concert: FREE Insights Talk, 6pm, Royal Festival Hall
  • After the concert: FREE Music of Today sound installation, 9.30pm, Clore Ballroom