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Daniil Trifonov plays Brahms

Royal Festival Hall
£20 — £85
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Daniil Trifonov sitting by a piano at a train station


Santtu-Matias Rouvali – conductor
Daniil Trifonov – piano


Wagner The Entry of the Gods into Valhalla, from Das Rheingold Listen

Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2 Listen

— Interval —

Schumann Symphony No. 3, ‘Rhenish’ Listen

‘Without doubt the most astounding pianist of our age’ (The Times): Daniil Trifonov joins the Philharmonia for one of the all-time greats of the piano repertoire. 

Brahms teasingly described his concerto in a letter to Clara Schumann as ‘a very small piano concerto with a very small and pretty scherzo.’ In fact, it’s a 50-minute masterclass in how to compose for piano and orchestra. Its four movements explore every facet of the piano’s expressive potential, by turns graceful and dramatic, stormy and tender.

Thirty years before Brahms premiered his concerto, Robert and Clara Schumann enjoyed a trip from their new home in Düsseldorf, along the Rhine to Cologne. It was the inspiration for the ‘Rhenish’ symphony, the last Robert Schumann wrote. The second movement evokes the broad, peacefully flowing river, the fourth, with its sombre brass chorales, tells of a ceremony the couple witnessed in Cologne Cathedral, and the work ends in celebratory mood.

There’s musical treasure from the Rhine in Santtu’s choice of opening piece too. Between brass fanfares evoking the grandeur and power of the Norse gods, singing woodwinds and rippling harp play the ‘Rhinegold’ theme that runs like a golden thread through Wagner’s entire Ring Cycle.

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Prices & Discounts

£20 – £75

Multibuy offer available; under-18s and concessions discounts available

Running time

1 hr 55 mins, including a 20 minute interval

Recommended age

From 7+

Programme notes

Free printed programmes will be available at the venue. Digital programme notes available a week before the event.

Box office

Philharmonia Box Office: 0800 652 6717
Monday to Friday 10am – 5pm

Before the event

Thursday 2 May, 6pm, The Clore Ballroom at the Royal Festival Hall

Sutton Youth Orchestra & Philharmonia Musicians

The young musicians of Sutton Youth Orchestra have been working with members of the Philharmonia to prepare this free performance.


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