Wagner Prelude & Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde
Liszt Piano Concerto No.2
A cruel sultan, a beautiful princess and a thousand and one nights of pleasure: Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade might sound like a box of Turkish Delight, but make no mistake, it’s one of classical music’s most sensuous treats.
Tonight, let the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and its principal associate conductor Alexander Shelley sweep you off your feet: to a world of glittering excess, swashbuckling thrills and sheer, silken seduction, all painted in sumptuous orchestral technicolor. It’s the only possible climax for a concert that begins with the untamed passion of Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde – the tale of a love as strong as death – and a Warwick Arts Centre debut for the phenomenal Mariam Batsashvili. A BBC New Generation Artist, in 2014 she became the first woman ever to win the International Franz Liszt Piano Competition in Utrecht – and when you hear her play Liszt’s Second Piano Concerto, you’ll realise why. It’s positively devilish.