Based on the life of Tsar Ivan IV of Russia, Prokofievís music to Eisensteinís epic film is among his finest achievements. The first part was accorded the dubious honour of a Stalin Prize, but when the Russian leader saw Part Two he was so overwhelmed by the appalling atrocities committed by Ivan in the name of political reform that he forbade its public screening.
Tickets for this concert go on sale September 2013
London Autumn-Spring 2013/14
Find out about the Philharmonia's 2013/14 season of concerts at Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall