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Royal Philharmonic Orchestra: Britten, Elgar, Rachmaninov

Live from the Royal Festival Hall, London, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra perform Rachmaninov, and Elgar's Cello Concerto with Steven Isserlis.

Live from the Royal Festival Hall, London

Presented by Martin Handley.

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Steven Isserlis perform Elgar's melancholic Cello Concerto and Thomas Dausgaard conducts Rachmaninov's glittering Symphonic Dances.

Britten: 4 Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes
Elgar: Cello Concerto

8.15: Interval Music: Vladimir Ashkenazy, a former Principal Conductor of the RPO, plays Rachmaninov's piano Variations on a Theme of Corelli Op. 42.

Rachmaninov: Symphonic Dances

Steven Isserlis, cello
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Thomas Dausgaard conductor

Conductor Thomas Dausgaard sets the scene for this concert with Britten's dramatic Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes. Then follows Elgar's much-loved Cello Concerto played by Steven Isserlis. The concert ends with Rachmaninov's last composition, the brilliantly orchestrated Symphonic Dances.

2 hours, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Benjamin Britten

    Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes

  • Edward Elgar

    Cello Concerto

  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Corelli Variations op.42

    Performer: Vladimir Ashkenazy.
    • DECCA.
    • 001.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Symphonic Dances

    Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Karina Canellakis.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Sonatina in G major, Op 100

    Performer: James Ehnes. Performer: Eduard Laurel.
    • ANALEKTA.
  • John Dowland

    Mr Nicholas Gryffith his Galliard; Sir John Souch his Galliard

    Performer: Elizabeth Kenny. Ensemble: Phantasm.
    • LINN.
  • Henry Purcell

    If music be the food of love

    Singer: Carolyn Sampson. Performer: Elizabeth Kenny. Performer: Richard Campbell.
    • bis.
  • John Dowland

    In darknesse let mee dwell

    Performer: Elizabeth Kenny. Singer: Mark Padmore.
    • Dowland: Lute Songs; Britten: Nocturnal.
    • Hyperion.
    • 24.

Credit

Role Contributor
Performer BBC Symphony Chorus

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