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Peter Donohoe plays Mozart

Time and date:
30/04 at 7:30 PM
Stratford Play House 14 Rother St, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6LU
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It easy to forget how startling Vaughan Williams’s Tallis Fantasia must have seemed at the time of its first performance in 1906. Reactions ranged in tone from the puzzling and dismissive “…a queer, mad work by an odd fellow from Chelsea…” to the ecstatic and bewildered “…it was an overwhelming evening, so disturbing and moving…” The work’s seamless conversation between the early 20th century and the Elizabethan era is so skilfully handled that one falls under its spell within moments. Vaughan Williams’s 5th Symphony was composed between 1938 and 1942 and bears a dedication to Jean Sibelius who wrote: “This Symphony is a marvellous work… the dedication made me feel proud and grateful… I wonder if Dr.Williams has any idea of the pleasure he has given me?” Mozart’s Piano Concerto No.25 is generally regarded as one of his finest. The French composer Olivier Messiaen said: “The first movement is without a doubt the most finely wrought, the most perfect of all the first movements of Mozart’s concertos.”

Vaughan Williams
Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
Piano Concerto No.25
Vaughan Williams
Symphony No.5

Jason Lai – conductor
Peter Donohoe – piano

Pre-concert talk: 5.45pm
John Suchet on Tchaikovsky (Stratford Literary Festival)
The Classic FM presenter will be talking about his latest book Tchaikovsky: The Man Revealed, examining the complex and contradictory character of this great artist, long hidden behind sanitised depictions by his brother and the Russian authorities, and exploring how he came to take his rightful place among the world’s greatest composers.
Tickets on sale early February at stratlitfest.co.uk

Concert: 7.30pm

Tickets: from £9.50 to 29.50

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Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6BB – Tel: 01789 403 493 – oots@rsc.org