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Philharmonia 17/18 Season

Date: Wednesday 22nd November

Venue: Main Auditorium - 7.30pm

Philharmonia 17/18 Season

Philharmonia
Philharmonia 17/18 Season

SHOSTAKOVICH & RACHMANINOV

Long Yu conductor

George Li piano

 

GLINKA Overture, Ruslan and Ludmilla

RACHMANINOV Piano Concerto No. 2

SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 5

 

For Dmitri Shostakovich, his Fifth Symphony really was a matter of life and death. Written in Stalin’s USSR, this is music on the edge: a shout of defiance in a time of terror, and one of the most powerful and personal statements in all of 20th-century music. It’s a gripping contrast to the romance of Rachmaninov’s hugely popular piano concerto — played by the brilliant young American star George Li — and Glinka’s sparkling little firecracker of an overture.

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