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Julia Fischer and the St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra

Part of Classical Season 2018/19

‘The crowning glory of Russian culture,’ the St Petersburg Philharmonic performs thrilling Russian classics it once premiered, together with Mendelssohn's beautifully lyrical Violin Concerto in E minor.

Conductor Vassily Sinaisky has enjoyed a long and successful relationship with the St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra. This evening the musicians are joined by the brilliant soloist Julia Fischer, whose career began when she won the Menuhin Competition in 1995 at just 11 years old.

The orchestra gave the world premiere performances of the two popular symphonies they perform in tonight's concert: Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No.5 in 1888, and Prokofiev’s Classical Symphony 30 years later in 1918.

Prokofiev’s joyous, neo-classical First Symphony takes inspiration from the symphonies of Haydn and Mozart, Prokofiev makes the form his own using contemporary harmonies and rhythms. The premiere was immediately welcomed by Western audiences.

Tchaikovsky’s later symphonies are exemplary Romantic works, and the Fifth Symphony draws in ravishing melodies, thrilling rhythms and intense emotion. Take this opportunity to hear it performed live by the musicians who know the music best.

Between these two Russian symphonies comes one of the most popular and cherished works in the violin repertoire, Mendelssohn's gorgeously romantic Violin Concerto in E minor.


St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra
Vassily Sinaisky conductor *
Julia Fischer violin


Prokofiev: Symphony No.1 (Classical)
Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto *
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.5

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Royal Festival Hall


£20 - £75
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* Please note change of conductor and concerto from originally advertised.

Discounted student tickets are available from Student Pulse in the month before this concert. Some of these seats are on the stage. Download the Student Pulse app or register online


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