Classical music

Philharmonia Orchestra - Workers and the State

Part of Classical Season 2017/18

The Philharmonia Orchestra performs music influenced by Bolshevik Russia, including Prokofiev’s Third Piano Concerto.

After the horrors of the Russian Civil War, the 1920s was a period of recovery for the nascent Soviet Union, and of industrial growth, which is reflected by Alexander Mosolov in his famous `machine music’, The Iron Foundry.

Culturally, the Bolsheviks made use of composers for propaganda. Mosolov’s teacher, Reinhold Glière, composed the first Soviet ballet with a revolutionary theme – The Red Poppy, with its famous `Sailor’s Dance’, which is the culminating movement in this orchestral suite.

Prokofiev fled the turmoil of post-revolutionary Russia in 1918. His virtuoso Third Piano Concerto, composed soon after, is a kaleidoscope of colours and compositional invention, seemingly removed from the chaos at home.


Philharmonia Orchestra
Vladimir Ashkenazy conductor
Behzod Abduraimov piano
Ailish Tynan soprano


Mosolov: Zavod (The Iron Foundry), Op.19
Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No.3
Glière: Concerto for coloratura soprano & orchestra, Op.82; The Red Poppy Suite, Op.70

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Royal Festival Hall


£11 - £55
Booking fee: £3.00 (Members £0.00)

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Royal Festival Hall at 6pm: pre-concert talk. Voices of Revolution Series Consultant Martin Sixsmith in conversation with Marina Frolova-Walker. Admission free.

Book multiple Philharmonia Orchestra events in the same transaction and receive a discount.

3 – 5 events (10% discount)
6 – 8 events (15% discount)
9 – 11 events (20% discount)
12 – 14 events (25% discount)
15 or more events (30% discount)

These discounts are not available on Premium seats or for the following concerts: Christmas Classics (10 Dec 2017) and December Carols at Christmas (14 Dec 2017).