- Quintet in G minor, Op. 39
- Sequenza V
- Performed by Members of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Prokofiev’s excitingly unpredictable piece combines spiky, energetic passages with lyrical lines and makes original use of an unusual combination of instruments. One of the composer’s most radical scores, this Quintet was initially written as music for the ballet Trapeze, which required a small number of forces and a circus setting.
This work will appropriately be followed by Berio’s Sequenza V, which is written for solo trombone and involves the performer dressing up as a clown. According to the composer, the piece can be considered ‘an essay in the superimposition of musical gestures and actions’. It involves some intriguing and virtuosic techniques and will be performed by the RPO’s Principal Trombone, Matthew Gee.
RPO Preludes is a series of chamber concerts curated and performed by leading musicians from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. These concerts take place on the concert stage of Cadogan Hall from 6.15pm, before the main concert at 7.30pm. The series provides a unique opportunity to not only listen to some astounding chamber music, but also to hear some of our musicians in a more intimate and personal setting.