Sunday 9 Feb 2020, 3pmRoyal Festival Hall, London

Philharmonia Box Office : 020 7921 3907

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.



  • 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)
  • Age guidance: Children aged 7 and over are welcome at all our concerts. To find concerts at Southbank Centre suitable for younger children, click here
  • Running time: 115 minutes, including 20 minute interval
  • Please note: This concert starts at 3pm

This concert is part of the Sunday Matinees series