Santtu-Matias Rouvali holds a baton

Philharmonia Orchestra

Classical The Anvil

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Pre-concert talk


Also Sprach Zarathustra
An Alpine Symphony

Performers and Cast

Santtu-Matias Rouvali
Philharmonia Orchestra

Orchestral concerts return to The Anvil with a spectacular programme as the Philharmonia Orchestra, under its new Principal Conductor, performs two of Strauss’ most memorable pieces. Also Sprach Zarathustra has one of the most striking openings in all music, which weaves through contrasting episodes before dissolving into an enigmatic ending, poised between two keys. An Alpine Symphony was the composer’s last symphonic poem. More than just a wonderful musical depiction of the events of a day in the mountains, it becomes a heartfelt hymn to creation and man’s place in the natural order.

The Philharmonia Orchestra is Anvil Arts Orchestra in Partnership

Cast & Creatives

Cast & Creatives


5 Stars

A masterful grasp of structure…a deeply engaged and serious interpretation of a complex work, revealing impressive long-term concentration and attention to detail on Rouvali’s part that makes him a natural Straussian
Classical Source

5 Stars

One was grateful for the opportunity to experience this double dose of Straussian mountaineering at its most exhilarating, delivered by an orchestra, once conducted by the composer himself, on, shall we say, peak form
Evening Standard

4 Stars

The performance shone with that special incandescence Rouvali seems uniquely able to get from his orchestra…there’s already nothing like the Philharmonia/Rouvali partnership
The Arts Desk
With the Philharmonia on tremendous form, Rouvali proved a fine Straussian, measured in his approach, and careful in his attention to detail and colour
The Guardian