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7:30 PM , Royal Festival Hall , London

Belshazzar's Feast

Isle of Noises

Butterworth A Shropshire Lad (Rhapsody for Orchestra)
Elgar 
Enigma Variations 
Walton 
Belshazzar’s Feast

Marin Alsop conductor
Roderick Williams baritone
London Philharmonic Choir 
London Philharmonic Orchestra 

This is British music with serious attitude. In Leeds, in October 1931 William Walton took a huge choir and a giant symphony orchestra, added a couple of brass bands, and knocked his audience backwards. Belshazzar’s Feast is definitely not your average oratorio: big, brassy and shamelessly pagan, it caused a scandal back then, and it can still set hairs on end today. But then, music in this Isle of Noises has always been more emotional than you might think – and if anyone can find the tender soul of Elgar’s Enigma Variations, or the raw melancholy of Butterworth’s A Shropshire Lad, it’s that unrivalled American anglophile Marin Alsop. 

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  • £14
  • £65

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