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London Philharmonic Orchestra: Shakespeare400
15 April, 2016 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm£9.00 – £39.00
Manuel de Falla: The Three-cornered Hat, Suite No.2
Joaquin Rodrigo: Fantasia para un gentilhombre for guitar & orchestra
Sergey Prokofiev: Excerpts from Romeo and Juliet, Op.64
The LPO’s Shakespeare400 celebrations continue with music from Prokofiev’s celebrated ballet score Romeo and Juliet.
Hear it alongside glorious music-making from guitarist Milos Karadaglic.
Long before the Kirov Ballet got round to staging their Romeo and Juliet ballet using Prokofiev’s music in 1940, the bulk of the score was widely heard in a suite in which the composer arranged the most vivid moments for concert performance.
Audiences can’t have been in any doubt as to the characters and events Prokofiev was describing in what is undoubtedly one of the most remarkable conjurings of character, mood and circumstance in musical history.
Before this ground-shaking depiction of Shakespeare’s Montagues and Capulets comes a treat from star guitarist Milos Karadaglic – Rodrigo’s sublime set of Spanish dances Fantasía para un Gentilhombre.
Royal Festival Hall at 6pm. Shakespeare400. Think you knowRomeo and Juliet? Professor Gordon McMullan, Academic Director of Shakespeare400, and colleagues set out to dispel the myths around this well-known story. Free.
Tickets for the concert range from £9 – £39
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