classical music

Ashkenazy - Shostakovich 10

Part of Spotlight on Strings

In the last of three Shostakovich performances this spring, Vladimir Ashkenazy conducts an all-Russian programme culminating in the composer's deeply personal Tenth Symphony.

An emotional outpouring of Shostakovich’s suffering during Stalin’s era, the Tenth Symphony premiered shortly after the dictator's death in 1953.

Out of a gloomy opening in the strings, a lonely clarinet emerges with a quiet melody that returns throughout the movement, juxtaposed against brash scenes of musical terror.

A creeping waltz in the third movement gives way to a finale that builds unstoppably, finally liberated into glorious triumph.

Glazunov’s passionate Violin Concerto, performed by Esther Yoo, remains his most popular composition.

Filled with lyrical melodies and exhilarating solo passages, the piece culminates in a devilish folk-inspired flourish.


Philharmonia Orchestra
Vladimir Ashkenazy conductor
Esther Yoo violin


Glinka: Overture, Ruslan and Lyudmila
Glazunov: Violin Concerto
Shostakovich: Symphony No.10

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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).