HAYDN Symphony No 86
BRITTEN The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra
RACHMANINOV Symphony No 2 in E minor, Op. 27
Sir Simon Rattle conductor
London Symphony Orchestra
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The second program that he has designed with his London Symphony Orchestra is entirely to the taste of Sir Simon Rattle. First, there’s Haydn, of whose striking ideas and musical surprises Rattle can’t get enough. “I’m crazy about him,” he once confessed. With his compatriot Benjamin Britten and The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, Rattle will then present an educational project in the symphonic art. Britten takes the magnificent Baroque rondeau from Henry Purcell’s Abdelazar on a tour through the orchestra’s various instruments, demonstrating the many varieties of musical costuming that instrumentation and arrangement make possible – a delightful pleasure for young and old alike. In the second part of the program, Rattle will open up the magic box of the late-Romantic orchestra as he focuses on Rachmaninov’s Second Symphony, written in Dresden in 1906 and 1907: music that is inspired by the almost infinite melodies it breathes. This work becomes a demonstration of the power and splendor of musical fantasy, even though its elegiac tone never diminishes.