When: 24th February 2020
Where: Royal Festival Hall
Indulge yourself with Rachmaninov’s lush, lyrical symphony, and Schumann’s Concerto for Cello. When Paavo Järvi and the NHK Symphony first performed together in London in 2017, the reviews said it all: ‘a swashbuckling performance’ (The Guardian), ‘stunningly dramatic’ (The Times) and ‘magnificent’ (Bachtrack). Join Järvi and the renowned Japanese orchestra for their highly anticipated return visit to London with a programme to indulge the senses. The evening begins with Takemitsu’s beautiful How slow the wind, in which a seven-tone motif moves in a subtly changing cycle, creating an impression of delicate natural forces. Its gorgeous harmonies and textures create a soundworld reminisent of Debussy. The restrained use of the orchestra in Schumann’s Concerto for Cello provides a backdrop for the soloist’s impassioned melodies. Listeners should look forward to the work’s romantic opening and dreamily poetic slow movement. The Financial Times says of soloist Sol Gabetta: ‘she commands the sort of technique that unravels even the fiercest knot with apparently nonchalant savoir-faire.’
This concert is part of the Japan-UK Season of Culture 2019-2020.