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


Royal Festival Hall
Southbank Centre
Belvedere Rd



Sergei RachmaninovPiano Concerto no.3, Op.30
Sergei RachmaninovSymphony no.2, Op.27


Vassily Sinaisky – Conductor
Pavel Kolesnikov – piano

London Philharmonic Orchestra

Programme Note

The Orchestra continues its journey into Rachmaninoff's much-loved music.

In 1906 Rachmaninoff and his family left a politically turbulent Russia and escaped to Dresden. Here the composer relaxed, attended concerts and experienced one of the most productive periods of his life.

Among its first fruits was his Second Symphony, a work that unlocked a new emotional power within Rachmaninoff and saw him master both the orchestra and the symphonic form with flowing themes, vital rhythms and sumptuous textures.

Three years later, preparing to leave Dresden for Moscow and then America, Rachmaninoff wrote his most imposing concerto - the combination of lyricism, subtlety, excitement and virtuosity that formed his now-legendary Third Piano Concerto.

Royal Festival Hall at 6.15pm – Free pre-concert event. Acclaimed film director Tony Palmer discusses the enduring popularity of Rachmaninoff's music. Free

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