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London Symphony Orchestra/Sir Antonio Pappano

A Dance to the Music of Time

Patricia Kopatchinskaja holding a violin

Spellbinding storytellers, dancing ghosts and melodies that will stay with you forever in music from Ravel, Fazil Say and Rachmaninov.

The fairy-tale heroine Scheherazade must keep her audience entertained on pain of death in the One Thousand and One Nights. In Fazil Say’s concerto, the violin plays the part of the endlessly fascinating tale-teller.

The piece is paired with impassioned music originally written for the ballet: Ravel’s haunting waltz and Rachmaninov’s mysterious Symphonic Dances. Ravel imagined whirling couples in a Viennese concert hall in music that seems haunted by World War I.

Rachmaninov also conjures up a ghostly waltz, amid the expressive melodies of the last music he ever wrote.

Patricia Kopatchinskaja brings her sense of musical adventure to Say’s score, which was written especially for her. Sir Antonio Pappano, Chief Conductor Designate, and the LSO take control of the narrative with finesse.

This performance will end at approximately 9pm, including a 20-minute interval.

Produced by the London Symphony Orchestra