Thursday 29 Nov 2018, 7.30pmRoyal Festival Hall, London

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Long Yu conductor

Jian Wang cello

Glazunov Autumn' from The Seasons

Tchaikovsky Variations on a Rococo Theme (Op. 33)


Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5 in E minor

Tchaikovsky’s grandest symphony is the climax of an evening of Russian Romanticism. 

Tchaikovsky himself said that his Fifth Symphony represented ‘a complete resignation before Fate’, and an early critic recognised that ‘the whole symphony seems to spring from some dark spiritual experience’, but that hasn’t stopped it becoming a firm audience favourite. It opens with the sound of funereal footsteps on the clarinet. A singing horn melody gives the second movement a more hopeful mood, but the fateful ‘footsteps’ theme returns in the third movement waltz and triumphs in the stormy finale.

First, enjoy a glorious autumn Bacchanale composed for the St Petersburg Imperial Ballet, and Tchaikovsky’s elegant Rococo Variations.

Long Yu was inspired to take up conducting by his grandfather, who explained ‘the baton can lead you to a magical world’. He has made it his mission to open up that magical world for audiences around the globe.



  • 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: 120 minutes, including 20-minute interval

This concert is part of the Spotlight on Strings series