Please note: This concert is in the past and has already taken place.


Royal Festival Hall
Southbank Centre
Belvedere Rd



Richard WagnerTannhäuser: Overture
Sergei RachmaninovRhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op.43
Pyotr TchaikovskySymphony no.4, Op.36


David Zinman – Conductor
Behzod Abduraimov – piano

London Philharmonic Orchestra

Programme Note

The Orchestra continues its Rachmaninoff exploration alongside works by Tchaikovsky and Wagner.

When Serge Rachmaninoff heard the famous Caprice in A minor by the mysterious 'devil's violinist' Paganini, he fell under the spell of its tonal to-and-fro and swaggering rhythmic shape.

In 1934, Rachmaninoff set about examining, twisting, refracting and elaborating the tune into his spectacular Rhapsody that, once finished, proved diabolical in the truest sense of the word.

Some 50 years earlier Tchaikovsky had felt some strange external presence, too - the weighty hand of fate upon his shoulder. Tchaikovsky's response was a symphony completely unlike anything he had created before - the most gripping and fevered symphonic tussle with fate since Beethoven's Fifth.

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