Offering a respite from the international football, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra comes to Fairfield Halls' Concert Hall on 14 June for an evening of entertainment with much-loved pieces from the likes of Chopin, Tchaikovsky and Elgar. The orchestra is conducted by Owain Arwel Hughes, with accompaniment by soprano Elena Xanthoudakis and pianist Danny Driver. Entry to the event also includes a complimentary programme to help keep audiophiles in the loop.
Rossini: Thieving Magpie Overture
Puccini: Gianni Schicci: O mio babbino caro
J Strauss II: Die Fledermaus: Overture and Adele's Laughing Song
Lehar: Gold and Silver Waltz
Lehar: The Merry Widow: Vilja
J Strauss II: Thunder and Lightning Polka
Chopin: Grande Polonaise for Piano and Orchestra
Tchaikovsky: Sleeping Beauty: Waltz
Dvorak: Rusalka: Song to the Moon
Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin: Polonaise
Elgar: 'Enigma' Variations: Nimrod
Wood: Fantasia on British Sea Songs: Tom Bowling and Hornpipe
Arne arr. Sargent: Rule, Britannia!
Elgar: Pomp and Circumstance March No.1
The London Evening Standard
A recent performance picked up an impressive 4/5 from the Evening Standard. The critic was keen to praise the orchestra's continental sound under the direction of Charles Dutoit, where subtle nuances could come to the surface along with pieces' more dramatic, larger scale aspects.
"He maintained both wide-screen vision and deep focus, allowing tiny details to shine through naturally: in typically French fashion, harps and flutes often took the spotlight."
Details verified 8 May 2014.
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