Fire and Light

Discipline and emotion combined

7:30 PM, ​ Royal Festival Hall, London

The Thomas Beecham Group Concert

Zimmermann Photoptosis
Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3
Brahms Symphony No. 4

Vladimir Jurowski conductor
Mitsuko Uchida piano
London Philharmonic Orchestra

Observe, respect and obey. Johannes Brahms lived by this mantra even in his most passionate and protest-filled music, but in his Fourth Symphony he appears to combine his lifelong servitude with a telling acceptance of death. This most luminous and spiritual of symphonies is Brahms’s supreme achievement in orchestral music, the summation of his quest to wed discipline and emotion. Beethoven, on the other hand, planned to smash musical convention with his fist. He really got going in his Third Piano Concerto, creating music of unprecedented drama and virtuosity that still leaps and bounds with life and fire.

Generously supported by Dunard Fund

Free pre-concert event
6.00pm–6.45pm | The Clore Ballroom, Royal Festival Hall
Animate Orchestra, a young person’s orchestra for the 21st century, is a partnership between the LPO, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and local music services. Tonight’s performance of music written by the group is the culmination of their recent course.


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