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London Philharmonic takes on Szymanowski

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John Beauchamp 22.02.2012 12:02
The London Philharmonic is to perform Szymanowski’s Third Symphony ‘The Song of the Night’ at a concert, Wednesday at the Royal Festival Hall in London’s South Bank Centre.

One of the best known works by the Polish composer Karol Szymanowski (1882-1937), ‘The Song of the Night’ is on tonight’s programme, which also includes Mozart and Brahms with the orchestra conducted under the baton of Vladimir Jurowski.

A pre-concert talk is also to be given by Stephen Downes of the University of Surrey.

The concert is one of the series of events initiated by the Warsaw-based Adam Mickiewicz Institute under the motto ‘Polska Music’ to mark the 75th anniversary of Szymanowski’s death on 27 March.

Szymanowski’s Third Symphony was written in 1914-1916. It is one of the rare works in the global symphonic literature in which music and poetic text are closely integrated.

The composer used the writings of Jabal-al-Din-Rumi, one of the greatest Persian mystics who lived in the 13th century.

The dazzling climate of this Oriental poetry is matched perfectly by the music which is marked by a wide range of expressive and dynamic features, ecstatic climaxes and floating harmonies. (mk/jb)

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