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Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony at the Royal Festival Hall – 29th January 2017


Eighty years after they performed its premiere, the St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra plays Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony. Known for its definitive performances of Russian repertoire, the orchestra presents an evening of national masterworks.

Founded in 1882, the St Petersburg Philharmonic premiered the first five Shostakovich symphonies, and is also closely associated with Prokofiev.

Shostakovich’s Symphony No.5 was conceived in an atmosphere of Communist control, and saw him apparently toeing the party line. But its light-hearted melodies hint at ambiguous depths, and many argue for an ironic interpretation of its joyous finale.

The St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra is joined by soloist Martha Argerich,  who is acclaimed for her interpretation of Prokofiev’s virtuosic, tempestuous Piano Concerto No.3.


St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra

Yuri Temirkanov, conductor

Martha Argerich, piano


Sergey Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No.3

Dmitry Shostakovich: Symphony No.5 in D minor

Aram Khachaturian: Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia from Spartacus, Suite No.2

Aram Khachaturian: Dance of the Gaditanian Maidens and Victory of Spartacus from Spartacus, Suite No.1

If you would like further information or book tickets, visit the Royal Festival Hall website here

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