classical music

Shostakovich - Symphony No.5

Part of Spotlight on Strings

Rising-star conductor Xian Zhang leads a performance of Shostakovich’s towering Fifth Symphony and Brahms’ radiant Violin Concerto.

The possible hidden meanings within Shostakovich's Fifth Symphony, composed under political pressure from Stalin’s regime, have long fascinated audiences and critics.

Along the way, expect a beautiful melody evoking Carmen, circus-inspired spectacle, and majestic brass chords.

But beyond the Soviet heroism is something more: framed by the musical drama lies the hushed religious contemplation of the third movement, the tender heart of the symphony that moved the audience to tears at its 1937 premiere.

In the first half, Alina Pogostkina, winner of the 2005 International Sibelius Violin Competition, performs Brahms’s memorable Violin Concerto. The gentle second movement features one of the most heartfelt melodies written for violin.


Philharmonia Orchestra
Xian Zhang conductor
Alina Pogostkina violin


Brahms: Violin Concerto
Shostakovich: Symphony No.5

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Royal Festival Hall


£12 - £58
Booking fee: £3.00 (Members £0.00)

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Book multiple Philharmonia Orchestra events in the same transaction and receive a discount.
3 – 5 events (10% discount)
6 – 8 events (15% discount)
9 – 11 events (20% discount)
12 – 14 events (25% discount)
15 or more events (30% discount)
These discounts are not available on Premium seats or for the following concerts:
Brian Tyler Returns – Live in Concert (25 Oct 2018), Philharmonia Orchestra – Christmas with King's College Choir (13 Dec 2018), Philharmonia Orchestra – Christmas at the Movies (16 Dec 2018), Valentine’s Day Gala (14 Feb 2019).

Related events
The Clore Ballroom at 1pm, Sunday 31 March
The Sutton Youth Wind Orchestra and Sutton Music Service's senior concert band for advanced woodwind, brass and percussion players are joined by a Philharmonia wind quintet in an afternoon performance conducted by Roger Willey. They play music by Shostakovich, Brahms and Borodin, in addition to a selection of chamber wind quintet works.
Admission free.