Poetry and Belief: London Philharmonic Orchestra plays Enescu’s Symphony No 1

28/02/2020 @ Royal Festival Hall

The Romanian Cultural Institute in London is very proud to partner with the London Philharmonic Orchestra for the 2020 Vision series. The concert 2005: Poetry and Belief will bring together symphonies by Beethoven, Enescu and Penderecki - a sublime retelling of some of classical music’s greatest pieces.


Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4
Krzysztof Penderecki: Chaconne in memory of John Paul II
Enescu: Symphony No. 1

Osmo Vänskä conductor
Jeremy Denk piano
London Philharmonic Orchestra

Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto begins with the piano all alone and playing softly – the kind of enigma that the American philosopher-pianist Jeremy Denk simply loves to explore. And in this latest instalment of 2020 Vision, conductor Osmo Vänskä follows it up with nearly as many questions as answers. From 1905 there’s a self-proclaimed ‘heroic’ symphony by Enescu with a remarkably poetic soul and, from 2005, Krzysztof Penderecki’s hauntingly beautiful tribute to another great Pole in an age of oppression and doubt: music that – as Beethoven once put it – comes from the heart and goes straight to the heart. (lpo.org.uk)

The event is the latest in a series of partnerships developed by the Romanian Cultural Institute with major British musical institutions in promoting George Enescu’s orchestral works in the UK.

When: Friday 28 February 2020, 19.30
Where: Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre

Tickets can be bought from the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s website here.