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7:30 PM , Royal Festival Hall , London

Raising the roof

Yan Pascal Tortelier conducts

Ravel La valse
Gibbons Pavan in G minor
Nico Muhly Register (Organ Concerto) (European premiere)*
Fauré Pavane
Saint-Saëns Symphony No. 3 (Organ) 

Yan Pascal Tortelier conductor
James McVinnie organ
London Philharmonic Orchestra

Everything old is new again. Maurice Ravel takes a nostalgic look back at the Viennese waltz, and sees a world in turmoil. Saint-Saëns sets out to capture the spirit of Beethoven and – with the help of an organ and a full orchestra – ends up by blowing the roof off. And New York’s coolest living composer embraces the King of Instruments, and places his new Organ Concerto amidst ghosts from four centuries. ‘It was important that buried in the DNA of this was something old’, says Nico Muhly. With Muhly’s dedicatee James McVinnie at the organ tonight, this should be an ear-tingling experience.

* Commissioned by Southbank Centre, London.

This performance is being broadcast live by BBC Radio 3 and will be available online in the UK for 30 days via iPlayer.

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