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Concerts in London
Voices of Revolution: Youth and Optimism
7:30pm | 26 October 2017 | Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX
Vladimir Ashkenazy conductor
Daniel Kharitonov piano
RCM Symphony Orchestra
Shebalin Orchestral Suite no 2 op 22 (selected movements)
Rachmaninov Piano Concerto no 1 in F sharp minor op 1
Kabalevsky The Comedians suite op 26
Shostakovich Symphony no 1 in F minor op 10
The RCM Symphony Orchestra returns to London’s Royal Festival Hall to perform an all-Russian programme under the baton of Vladimir Ashkenazy, in the centenary of the Russian Revolution.
"My music is a product of my temperament and so it is Russian music." So said Rachmaninov of his compositional style, whose First Piano Concerto reflects all the youthful freshness of a student composer. Similarly written whilst studying, Shostakovich’s symphonic masterpiece arguably remains one of the finest first symphonies ever composed, gaining worldwide recognition after its premiere.
Performed alongside these works are two lesser-known gems. Shostakovich’s close friend Shebalin lived and worked under the Soviet Regime, yet his music remained resolutely optimistic. Meanwhile Kabalevsky focused on writing lighter music for children – his playful and mischievous The Comedians suite portrays a whimsical group of travelling entertainers.
This concert is part of the Philharmonia Orchestra’s Voices of Revolution: Russia 1917 series.
Tickets: £5, £10, £15, £20, £25