Royal Philharmonic Orchestra June 2017
Ruslan and Ludmila Overture
Violin Concerto in D major, Op.61
Symphony No.5 in D minor
Glinka’s overture to his operatic masterpiece, Ruslan and Ludmila, is full of upbeat exuberance and warm lyricism, making it the perfect opener to this exciting final concert of the Series. Beethoven’s Violin Concerto, meanwhile, is a masterpiece of the genre, bridging the gap between Classical and Romantic concerto styles with elegance and wit, and culminating in a zesty finale that fully explores the instrument’s range.
The 16-17 Series concludes with Shostakovich’s imposing Fifth Symphony. Filled with wonderful melodies and stirring rhythms, it bursts with power and rebellious beauty. Writing under Stalin’s constricting Soviet regime, Shostakovich created a blend of satire and submission that intrigues audiences to this day.
Pre-Concert Talk (6.30pm to 7pm): Conductor, Martyn Brabbins, is interviewed in this introduction to tonight’s programme. Free entry using your ticket for tonight’s concert.
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The 16-17 Series concludes with Shostakovich’s imposing Fifth Symphony.
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