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Santtu conducts Beethoven and Shostakovich

Royal Festival Hall
£12 — £58
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Santtu-Matias Rouvali


Santtu-Matias Rouvali – conductor
Lars Vogt – piano


Beethoven Overture, Leonore No. 3

Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4

— Interval —

Shostakovich Symphony No. 12

Santtu’s first programme of the season brings together two composers who knew more than most about the struggle against tyranny.

Shostakovich’s Twelfth Symphony is his musical tribute to Lenin and the 1917 revolution. Despite a lifetime of potentially catastrophic run-ins with the Soviet regime, Shostakovich succeeds in portraying the optimistic idealism of the early days of Communism.

From the very first notes of his Fourth Piano Concerto, played by the soloist alone, Beethoven gives us a masterclass in how to grab and keep an audience’s rapt attention. Lars Vogt’s recording of the concerto was hailed by Gramophone as a “marvellous performance… sharp-witted and endlessly beguiling”.

Beethoven’s overture compresses the plot of his only opera, from the darkness of a prison cell, through the first stirrings of hope to the triumph of love and liberty, into a work of unforgettable power.

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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

2 hours 20 minutes, including 20 minute interval

Recommended age

From 7+

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

Photo of composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir
Small-ensemble performance

Music of Today: Anna Thorvaldsdottir

Simone Menezes – conductor

  • Sky Macklay Microvariations (European premiere)
  • Anna Thorvaldsdottir Aequilibria (UK premiere)
  • Anna Thorvaldsdottir Hrím (UK premiere)
Purcell Room

Booking open to Friends only. Join now
Tickets go on general sale on Tuesday 3 March 2020 at 9.30am.

Book tickets
£12 — £58