A Roman Trilogy

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Sun 31 Jan 2016 7.00pm - 8.50pm
Barbican Hall, London

RACHMANINOV Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
RESPIGHI Roman Trilogy (Roman Festivals – Fountains of Rome – Pines of Rome)

Sir Antonio Pappano conductor
Lise de la Salle piano
London Symphony Orchestra

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Italian influences abound as Sir Antonio Pappano presents a much-loved take on Paganini alongside a full-on celebration of the Eternal City, Rome, seen through the ages.

The twenty-fourth Caprice of Paganini has inspired composers from Liszt to Lutosławski, but it’s perhaps Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody for piano and orchestra that brings the most sparkle and passion to the already inspired original. Battling gladiators, the shimmering Trevi fountain and marching Roman armies are just some of the vivid scenes conjured up in Respighi’s atmospheric trio of tone poems, featuring some of the most dramatic and cinematic music ever written.


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Piano soloist Alice Sara Ott has been forced to withdraw from the LSO’s performance of Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini on Sunday 31 January.

Upon returning home after a successful recital in Munich this week, Alice unfortunately stumbled on the stairs and hurt her hand. She has therefore had to cancel several forthcoming engagements in order to heal and rest.

The LSO is extremely grateful to pianist Lise de la Salle for agreeing to step in at short notice. Lise de la Salle, described as a ‘talent in a million’ by Gramophone, made her highly successful debut with the LSO in 2014, performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No 23 with conductor Fabio Luisi. She is in-demand with orchestras throughout the world, working with conductors including Sir Andrew Davis, Sir Neville Marriner, Gianandrea Noseda, Osmo Vänskä, Charles Dutoit and James Gaffigan. She has given recitals at LSO St Luke’s, Wigmore Hall, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, New York Met and the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, among other venues, is Artist-in-Residence at Zurich Opera, and has a discography of seven recordings.

Please note that the order of the Roman Trilogy has been changed in the second half of the concert.

Posted 11.20am Fri 29 Jan 2016