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Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Repertoire

Glinka
Ruslan and Lyudmila Overture
Rachmaninov
Piano Concerto No. 2
Shostakovich
Symphony No. 5

Performers

Alessio Bax
piano
Alexander Shelley
conductor

Encompassing the hallmark romanticism of the 19th century and the political angst of the Soviet Union, this all-Russian programme features some of the most distinctive works in the classical repertoire. The ebullience of the popular Overture to Glinka’s five-act opera Ruslan and Lyudmila is contrasted with Rachmaninov’s lavish Piano Concerto No. 2, performed by Italian pianist Alessio Bax.

Shostakovich’s imposing Symphony No. 5 was completed just a few years before the outbreak of World War Two, at a time when Soviet composers were pressured to conform to requisites set by the authorities; the blend of satire and submission has intrigued audiences ever since its conception, while the triumphant Finale continues to astound to this day.

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