Sunday 19 Jan 2020, 7.30pmRoyal Festival Hall, London

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Esa-Pekka Salonen conductor

Tom Blomfield oboe

Vaughan Williams Symphony No. 6


Richard Strauss Oboe Concerto

Stravinsky Symphony in Three Movements


Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts three masterworks composed for a world emerging from the destruction of the Second World War.

Ralph Vaughan Williams in Britain, Richard Strauss in Germany and Igor Stravinsky, newly emigrated to the United States: in 1945, the great composers of Western classical music responded in different ways to a new dawn.

Stravinsky referred to his turbulent, propulsive Symphony in Three Movements as his 'war symphony'. Richard Strauss, in the extraordinary creative Indian Summer at the end of his life but under the shadow of his complex relationship with the Nazi regime, looked further back in time for his elegant, classically-poised Oboe Concerto. Vaughan Williams' powerful, dramatic Sixth Symphony caused a sensation and was performed 100 times in the two years following its premiere.

Part of the opening weekend of celebrations to mark the 75 years of the Philharmonia Orchestra, this programme marks the music of the year of the Orchestra’s birth, and makes connections through two composers - Strauss and Stravinsky, who were closely connected with the Philharmonia. The first recording of Strauss’s Oboe Concerto was made in 1948 with the Orchestra and oboist Léon Goossens. Here it is performed by the Philharmonia's Principal Oboe, Tom Blomfield.

This concert is supported by the Nathan Family.


  • Prices: £58 (premium); £45; £36; £28; £19; £12
  • Discounts: Subscription discounts available; under-18s and concessions discounts available; £8 tickets for students via Student Pulse one month before the concert (limited availability)
  • Running time: 115 minutes, including 20 minute interval
  • Before the concert: FREE Insights Talk - 75 Years of the Philharmonia, 6pm, Royal Festival Hall

This concert is part of the Salonen Series series