Denis Matsuev, piano
PROKOFIEV Piano Concerto No. 2
SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 7, Leningrad
Exciting young Russian conductor Stanislav Kochanovsky conducts a thrilling symphony dedicated to his home city.
Whether Shostakovich originally wrote it in response to the Second World War is unknown but from the start of the famous 'Invasion' march of the first movement, his symphony resonated with audiences across Russia and beyond. Composed on an epic scale, the music crosses landscapes, from understated string melodies to fierce attacking brass.
Alongside, a virtuosic work by Shostakovich's contemporary Sergei Prokofiev. Opening quietly with twinkling melodies and his trademark light touch, Prokofiev's expansive Second Piano Concerto balances lyrical solo piano passages with menacing orchestral moments - brought into particular focus in the dramatic third movement. Further raising the musical stakes, the devilish fourth movement moves through the piano's entire range, building to a monumental final flourish.
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.
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Date: 17 Apr Time: 19:30