Stanislav Kochanovsky – conductor
Alexei Volodin – piano
Anush Hovhannisyan – soprano
Toby Spence – tenor
Yuriy Yurchuk – baritone
Philharmonia Chorus
Lighting designer – Simon Bennison



Rachmaninov The Bells Listen

— Interval —

Lyadov From the Apocalypse Listen

Scriabin Prometheus: The Poem of Fire Listen

Enter the kaleidoscopic world of Scriabin, as we recreate his Prometheus, complete with the colours he saw when he heard different sounds.

Most of us will never know what it’s like to have synaesthesia – where two senses, in Scriabin’s case hearing and sight, are linked. But in his mystical masterpiece Prometheus: The Poem of Fire he did his best to share his experience with us. As well as solo piano, organ, chorus and an array of percussion, the score contains a part for ‘colour organ’, indicating the colours that should flood the concert hall at each key moment in the music.

First, there’s a rare opportunity to hear Rachmaninov’s The Bells, based on poems by Edgar Allan Poe. From the youthful frivolity of a sleigh ride, through the sensuous promise of a wedding day to the grim tolling of funeral bells, Rachmaninov charts life’s milestones in music of huge emotional impact.

Liadov’s From the Apocalypse, with its enigmatic references to the biblical Book of Revelation, completes this programme of music from the years of unrest and artistic experimentation leading up to the Russian Revolution.

The lighting in the performance of Prometheus: The Poem of Fire includes mild strobing effects.

Need to know

Prices & Discounts

£10 – £65

Multi-buy offer available; under-18s and concessions discounts available; discounted tickets for students via Student Pulse (limited availability)

Running time:

1 hr 40 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 here.

Box office

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

Before the event

Panel discussion with audience in front
6pm, The Clore Ballroom at the Royal Festival Hall

Insights Talk

Professor Marina Frolova-Walker explores the music and culture of the decades before the Russian Revolution.

Free, no ticket required


Royal Festival Hall

Royal Festival Hall

Southbank Centre
Belvedere Road

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