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Rouvali conducts Russian classics
Royal Festival Hall

Rouvali conducts Russian classics

Date: 9 Feb
Time: 15:00
Santtu-Matias Rouvali, conductor

Behzod Abduraimov, piano

BORODIN Overture, Prince Igor
RACHMANINOV Piano Concerto No. 2
PROKOFIEV Symphony No. 5

Enjoy a dramatic all-Russian programme with our Principal Conductor Designate Santtu-Matias Rouvali.

We welcome 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 to nothing.

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Royal Festival Hall

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, with Santtu-Matias Rouvali being appointed Principal Conductor Designate. Jakub Hrusa is their Principal Guest Conductor, and honorary conductor positions are held by Christoph von Dohnányi and Vladimir Ashkenazy.


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