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Concerts don’t get much more dramatic than this. The evening begins with Mozart’s Idomeneo Overture which builds from a brooding start to a heady climax before subsiding to where it began. It’s the perfect curtain-raiser for a series of dramatic arias written for the female voice. Schumann’s Second Symphony is perhaps his least-known, but it has been hailed as the composer’s most complete vision for the orchestra and contains some hugely powerful music – not least in the blazing final movement.
This concert is part of the Royal Philharmonic Society’s 2013 Bicentenary Celebrations and Southbank Centre’s Women of the World 2013 Festival.
Mozart Overture – Idomeneo
Mozart O smania! O furie! O disperata Elettra! from Idomeneo
Beethoven Overture – Leonore No 3
Beethoven Abscheulicher! wo eislt du hin?…Komm, Hoffnung, lass den letzten Stern from Fidelio
Weber Ocean! Thou mighty Monster from Oberon
Schumann Symphony No 2 in C
Marin Alsop conductor
Emma Bell soprano
Concerts and the Canon
OAE Extras at 5.45pm
Queen Elizabeth Hall. Free.
On this date in 1813, the Philharmonic Society gave its first public concert in London. As part of the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Bicentenary celebrations, this talk looks at what concert life was like two hundred years ago and how the recognised classics of today, including Schumann’s Symphony No. 2 were introduced to British audiences. David Owen Norris, pianist, broadcaster & composer, Dr Leanne Langley, social historian and Ian Taylor, author of Music in London and the Myth of Decline: From Haydn to the Philharmonic talk with Tom Hutchinson from the RPS.
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