Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto with Boris Giltburg
Boris Giltburg joins the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Vasily Petrenko for Beethoven’s fifth and final piano concerto, popularly known as the Emperor.
It’s a majestic masterpiece, remaining the composer’s best-known and most frequently performed piano concerto.
This is a chance to see the celebrated and long-standing artistic partnership between Giltburg and Petrenko, which has spanned decades both on stage and screen.
Written in the shadow of the impending Great War, Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Second Symphony reminds us of the precarious nature of personal freedom, while at the same time inspiring hope for a brighter future.
Elgar described the late-19th-century British composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor as ‘far and away the cleverest fellow going amongst younger men.’
The Song of Hiawatha is a trilogy of cantatas based on a poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and relating the adventures of the titular indigenous American.
The elegiac and expansive Overture reminds us of the talents of this once lesser-performed composer.
This concert is part of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s 75th anniversary season.
Passion, versatility and uncompromising artistic standards, as well as a belief that music is a gift that can bring people together and inspire positive change, have been RPO hallmarks for the past 75 years.
As they embark on the next exciting chapter, the RPO invites you to join the journey and share the thrill of live orchestral music.
‘Every note pulses with life and warmth.’
- Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
- Vasily Petrenko conductor
- Boris Giltburg piano
- Coleridge-Taylor: Overture, The Song of Hiawatha
- Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.5 (Emperor)
- Vaughan Williams: Symphony No.2 (A London Symphony)
Dates & times
Approximate run time: 130 mins.
- Standard entry£10 – £50*
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