Santtu-Matias Rouvali conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra
Santtu’s first programme of the season brings together two composers who knew more than most about the struggle against tyranny.
Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1
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.
Santtu-Matias Rouvali – conductor
Lars Vogt – piano
BEETHOVEN Overture, Leonore No. 3
BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 4
— Interval —
SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 12