Wednesday 21 Jun 2017, 7:30pmRoyal Festival Hall, London
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Yuri Temirkanov conductor
Denis Kozhukhin piano
Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 2
Shostakovich Symphony No. 5
Epic, towering, all-encompassing, Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Concerto holds one of the most achingly beautiful slow movements of all time. From heroic grandeur to fearful uncertainty, Shostakovich penned his Fifth Symphony amidst a Stalinist regime of terror. The music is full of cryptic messages, with Shostakovich recalling in his memoirs that the coda’s seeming sense of victory for a Russia under Stalin “is as if someone were beating you with a stick and saying your business is rejoicing, your business is rejoicing”.