Alina Pogostkina violin
BRAHMS Violin Concerto
SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 5
Rising-star conductor Xian Zhang leads a performance of Shostakovich's towering Fifth Symphony, alongside Brahms's radiant Violin Concerto.
The possible hidden meanings within Shostakovich's Fifth Symphony, composed under political pressure from Stalin's regime, have long fascinated audiences and critics alike. Along the way, expect a beautiful melody evoking Carmen, circus-inspired spectacle, and majestic brass chords. But beyond the Soviet heroism lies something more: framed by the musical drama lies the hushed religious contemplation of the third movement, the tender heart of the symphony that moved the audience to tears at its 1937 premiere.
Before, Alina Pogostkina, winner of the 2005 International Sibelius Violin Competition, performs Brahms's memorable Violin Concerto. Framed by two virtuosic outer movements, the gentle second movement features one of the most heartfelt melodies written for violin.
The Philharmonia Orchestra is a world-class symphony orchestra for the 21st century, led by Principal Conductor & Artistic Advisor Esa-Pekka Salonen.
The Orchestra's home is Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall, London, where it presents over 50 performances each year. Six other residencies across the UK bring the Philharmonia to a wide national audience. Internationally, the Philharmonia is active across Europe, Asia and the USA.
The Philharmonia was founded in 1945. It has been self-governing since 1964 and is owned by its 80 members. Salonen has been Principal Conductor since 2008. Jakub Hrusa and Santtu-Matias Rouvali are Principal Guest Conductors and honorary conductor positions are held by Christoph von Dohnányi and Vladimir Ashkenazy.
Royal Festival Hall stands at the heart of Southbank Centre complex. Opened in 1951 as part of the Festival of Britain, the Hall is one of the world's leading performance venues. As well as the auditorium, the building consists of The Clore Ballroom, Southbank Centre Shop, several places to eat and drink, and the Saison Poetry Library.www.southbankcentre.co.uk
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St John's Smith Square
Date: 17 Apr Time: 19:30