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Prom 45: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Charles Dutoit

Wednesday 19 August 2015 - 7:30 PM

Elisabeth Leonskaja © Julia Wesley

Approximate end time: 9:50pm

Presented by:

Debussy, orch. Büsser
Petite suite 13'

Mozart
Piano Concerto No. 22 in E flat major, K482 36'

interval

Shostakovich
Symphony No. 15 in A major 44'

Elisabeth Leonskaja piano

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Charles Dutoit
conductor

It has been almost 30 years since the celebrated Russian pianist Elisabeth Leonskaja last performed at the Proms.  She makes her return alongside another international great, Charles Dutoit, in Mozart's majestic E flat Piano Concerto.

Written concurrently with The Marriage of Figaro, the concerto shares much of the opera's grace and its abundance of tunes, as well as some strikingly lovely woodwind textures.

Shostakovich's 15th Symphony is an altogether darker affair – intimate and introspective.  Musical memories haunt the score as the composer searches for meaning in what he surely knew would be his final symphony.

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