Classical music

Yuri Temirkanov and the St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra

Part of Classical Season 2018/19

‘The crowning glory of Russian culture,’ the St Petersburg Philharmonic performs the thrilling Russian classics it once premiered.

It presented the first performance of Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No.5 in 1888, Prokofiev’s Classical Symphony in 1918, and Shostakovich’s First Violin Concerto in 1955.

Artistic Director and Chief Conductor Yuri Temirkanov has been at the helm of the orchestra for 30 years. 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 eleven years old.

The orchestra presents three popular Russian works, beginning with Prokofiev’s joyous, neo-classical First Symphony, which was immediately welcomed by western audiences. The evening continues with Shostakovich’s expressive, virtuosic First Violin Concerto. Composed in 1947-8 during a period of extreme censorship, it was suppressed by the composer until after Stalin’s death.

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.


St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra
Yuri Temirkanov conductor
Julia Fischer violin


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

Dates & times

29 Jan 2019
Approximate run time: 135 mins
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Royal Festival Hall


£20 - £75
Booking fee: £3.00 (Members £0.00)
£20, £28, £40, £55, £75


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