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Heras-Casado conducts Russian Classics

Royal Festival Hall

Pablo Heras-Casado


Pablo Heras-Casado – conductor
Daniel Kharitonov – piano


Rimsky-Korsakov Capriccio espagnol

Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1

— Interval —

Mussorgsky orch. RAVEL Pictures at an Exhibition

Spanish conductor Pablo Heras-Casado returns with three vivid Russian works, joined by one of today’s most exciting young pianists.

From the authoritative unison horns and huge piano chords of the opening bars, through sweeping romantic melodies and moments of intense drama to the triumphant finale, Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto is an audience favourite. This was the piece that first brought Daniel Kharitonov to the attention of a worldwide public, when he played it in the 2015 Tchaikovsky Piano Competition aged just 16.

Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition is a vivid representation in music of ten paintings by Mussorgsky’s good friend Viktor Hartmann – the exhibition in question was organised after the artist’s untimely death. Contrasting scenes, from the humorous ‘Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks’ to the imposing ‘Great Gate of Kiev’, are linked by a ‘Promenade’ that leads the listener around this most memorable of galleries.

A book of Spanish folk songs provided the source material for Rimsky-Korsakov’s Capriccio Espagnole. As he wrote in his autobiography, “According to my plans, the Capriccio was to glitter with dazzling orchestral colour.” And his plans certainly came to fruition – every section of the orchestra, not least the percussion, has the chance to shine in this swirling celebration.

Need to know

Prices & Discounts

£12 – £58 (premium)

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

1 hour 55 minutes, including 20 minute interval

Recommended age

From 7+

Programme notes

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Box office

Philharmonia Box Office: 0800 652 6717


Royal Festival Hall

Royal Festival Hall

Southbank Centre
Belvedere Road

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Before the concert

Portrait of Yukiko Ogura
Small-ensemble performance

Philharmonia Chamber Players: Viola takeover

Performers include:
Yukiko Ogura – viola
Nicholas Bootiman – viola
William Bender – viola
Sylvain Séailles – viola

  • Bowen Fantasy for Four Violas, Op.41
  • Bach Chaconne in D minor, BWV. 1004 arr. for four violas by Ichiro Nodaira
  • Schubert Der Erlkönig arr. for eight violas by Max Baillie
  • Jacob Suite for Eight Violas
Royal Festival Hall

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Conductor Pablo Heras-Casado on Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition