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Rouvali Conducts Russian Classics

Part of Classical Season 2019/20

From Russia with love: the Philharmonia Orchestra presents a dramatic all-Russian programme with Principal Guest Conductor Santtu-Matias Rouvali.

The orchestra welcomes Behzod Abduraimov – ‘the most perfectly accomplished pianist of his generation’ (The Independent) – who takes centre stage for what is arguably the most popular Piano Concerto in history.

Composed as Rachmaninov completed his recovery from years of depression, his Second Piano Concerto is a passionate outpouring of creativity: stormy strings, achingly lonely clarinet, and a heartfelt piano part with more memorable melodies than many composers write in a lifetime.

Written in one feverish month during World War II, Prokofiev’s Fifth Symphony is a hymn to freedom: he said ‘the music matured within me – it filled my soul’.

A serene opening for solo flute and bassoon begins a journey spanning all human emotion, from the military ferocity of the second movement to a lyrical choir of cellos in the fourth movement.

At the heart of the piece lies the heart-breaking third movement, its dreamy melody rising to an anguished climax, before fading gently away to nothing.

Performers

Philharmonia Orchestra
Santtu-Matias Rouvali conductor
Behzod Abduraimov piano

Repertoire

Borodin: Overture, Prince Igor
Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.2
Interval
Prokofiev: Symphony No.5 in B flat

Dates & times

9 Feb 2020
Approximate run time: 125 mins
Run times may vary, find out more

where

Royal Festival Hall

Pricing

£12 - £58
Booking fee: £3.00 (Members £0.00)

Multi-buy discount

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Concessions

25% off (limited availability)
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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 2019/20 season. Please note these savings exclude Christmas concerts (12 & 15 December 2019) and The English Patient (5 June 2020). Not available on Premium seats.