classical music

Shostakovich and Prokofiev

Part of Classical Season 2020/21

Two key 20th-century composers are at their most playful in this Philharmonia Orchestra concert featuring charismatic pianist Simon Trpceski.

A cheery mood pervades the 15 minutes of Prokofiev's Classical symphony.

Prokofiev pays homage to Haydn in four elegantly formed movements brimming with graceful melodies – with a distinctive 20th-century twist.

Shostakovich's Piano Concerto No.2 was written as a graduation piece for his son Maxim.

Its outer movements show off the soloist's youthful energy and precision, while the central slow movement is a lyrical outpouring of love, perfectly suited to Simon Trpceski's deeply expressive style.

The Stalinist regime had great expectations of Shostakovich's Ninth Symphony, composed soon after Russia's victory in the Second World War.

'But I couldn't write an apotheosis to Stalin, I simply couldn't,' he said.

Instead he gave them a symphony full of joie-de-vivre and sardonic humour – which was promptly banned until after Stalin's death.

Performers

Philharmonia Orchestra
Pablo Heras-Casado conductor
Simon Trpceski piano

Repertoire

Prokofiev: Symphony No.1 in D (Classical)
Shostakovich: Piano Concerto No.2
Interval
Shostakovich: Symphony No.9 in E flat

Dates & times

28 Feb 2021
Approximate run time: 95 mins
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where

Royal Festival Hall

Pricing

£12 - £58
Booking fee: £3.50 (Members £0.00)

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Ticketing

Multi-buy discount

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). Events must be in the 2020/21 season. Please note these savings exclude Christmas concerts (13 December 2020), Gaspard’s Foxtrot (20 February 2021), Music of Today: Tyshawn Sorey and Music of Today: Víkingur Ólafsson (25 February 2021) and Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius (25 June 2021). Not available on Premium seats.

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