The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra travelled to London yesterday to perform a concert as part of ‘The Rest Is Noise’ Festival at the Royal Festival Hall. The enthusiastic audience were treated to a programme of music by Bocherini/Berio, Britten and Shostakovich under the baton of Vasily Petrenko.
Luciano Berio: 4 Versioni originali della `Ritirata notturna di Madrid’ (after Boccherini) superimposed & transc. for orchestra
Benjamin Britten: Suite from Death in Venice arr. Steuart Bedford
Dmitry Shostakovich: Symphony No.15
Britten’s Death In Venice is a complex masterpiece that embraces the sheer depth and spirit of humanity, offering an insight into the human condition. First staged in 1973, it is the last of his 13 operas and a breathtaking culmination of his operatic career. It is also Britten’s most public statement about his long-term relationship with tenor Peter Pears, who originally performed the highly demanding lead role.
Britten’s great friend, the Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich, wrote his final symphony in 1971 at the age of 65 following a heart attack. The work reflects the thaw that occurred behind the Iron Curtain after Stalin’s death in 1953. Taking advantage of this, Shostakovich uses the symphony to reflect on his life and music, which was – sometimes oppressively – overshadowed by Soviet politics. The piece includes quotations from his earlier symphonies and other works by Rossini, Mahler and Wagner.
The concert opens with a playful orchestral arrangement made by composer Luciano Berio in 1975 of Luigi Boccherini’s Ritirata – the final movement of a quintet written in 1780. The piece depicts Madrid at the hour of the midnight curfew. As the city watch comes closer the music grows louder, and then dies away as the parade passes.
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Vasily Petrenko conductor
The concert was a repeat of the concert given in Liverpool Philharmonic Hall last Friday. Here’s the review of that performance by Catherine Jones in the Liverpool Echo.
A little humour in the elevator at the Royal Festival Hall…
Tune in to Classic fm this week as they present a series of five concerts in the evenings dedicated to the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic
In other news the RLPO recording of Shostakovich Symphony no. 4 with Vasily Petrenko is in the top 5 of the official Classical Music Magazine top twenty charts!