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7:30 PM , Royal Festival Hall , London

Infinity and beyond

Edward Gardner conducts

R Strauss Also sprach Zarathustra
Mendelssohn Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage
John Adams Harmonium

Edward Gardner conductor*
London Philharmonic Choir
London Philharmonic Orchestra

‘Wild Nights! Wild Nights! Done with the compass – done with the chart!’ And so, to the words of Emily Dickinson, John Adams’s choral symphony Harmonium lifts off into realms of pure sonic ecstasy. Under Edward Gardner, this rare London performance will make a sumptuous, surging showcase for our superb London Philharmonic Choir – and the perfect modern counterpart to the heaven-storming fanfares of Richard Strauss’s Also sprach Zarathustra. Everyone knows the spectacular beginning, but Strauss was out to tell ‘the entire story of humanity’ in orchestral music, and the result is never less than astonishing. Mendelssohn’s seafaring overture offers a glimpse of calmer horizons.

* position supported by Mrs Christina Lang Assael

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