Santtu-Matias Rouvali – conductor
Vadim Gluzman – violin


Sibelius Andante Festivo Listen

Shostakovich Violin Concerto No. 2 Listen

— Interval —

Strauss Death and Transfiguration Listen

Strauss Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks Listen

The Philharmonia has a long association with composer Richard Strauss – he conducted the Orchestra back in 1947. Both the players and their Principal Conductor Santtu have a real affinity for his music.

Santtu has chosen two of Strauss’s tone poems for this evening’s concert, and they could hardly be more different in their subject matter. Death and Transfiguration describes the final moments of a man’s life, as he recalls his past and his soul reaches for heavenly bliss. It’s astonishing that Strauss wrote such moving, deeply felt music when he was just 25. Sixty years later, on his deathbed, he is said to have told his daughter-in-law “It’s a funny thing, Alice, dying is just as I composed it.”

Till Eulenspiegel is a different matter altogether. The pranks and misadventures of the folk hero Till are told in music full of cheeky humour and irrepressible energy. It’s a workout for the whole orchestra, and the horn section in particular.

Vadim Gluzman won the hearts of the Philharmonia audience when he stepped in at a day’s notice to perform Brahms’ Violin Concerto in 2022. Tonight, he performs Shostakovich’s Second Violin Concerto. Shostakovich wrote the piece for his friend David Oistrakh, and wove in twisted fragments of folk melodies and street vendors’ cries from Oistrakh’s native Odesa.

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Prices & Discounts

£15 – £70

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

Running time

1 hr 45 mins, including an interval

Recommended age

From 7+

Programme notes

Free printed programmes will be available at the venue. Digital programme notes available here.

Box office

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


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