Thursday 4 Apr 2019, 7.30pmRoyal Festival Hall, London
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Stanislav Kochanovsky conductor
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.
ABOUT THIS PERFORMANCE
- 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: 140 minutes, including 20-minute interval
- Download programme notes: Thursday 4 Apr 2019
This concert is part of the Piano Masterworks series