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Rouvali Conducts Swan Lake

Part of Classical Season 2019/20

No need to choose between a firework display, a night at the ballet, or the chance to hear a top pianist in this Philharmonia Orchestra concert.

‘Balletic’ is a word that comes to mind when watching Santtu-Matias Rouvali conduct, and tonight he turns to the quintessential ballet composer, Tchaikovsky.

Swan Lake richly deserves its place as one of the most popular pieces in the orchestral repertoire.

Conjuring up the grace of the swan-maidens, the terrifying power of the villain who has them under his spell, and the pathos of Siegfried and Odette’s doomed love, this is music that lingers long in the memory.

Nikolai Lugansky is the piano soloist in Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No.1.

Rachmaninov wrote the first version of this piece when he was just 18 years old.

Outer movements already full of his trademark sweeping melodies and fiery showmanship frame a ravishing central Nocturne.

Stravinsky’s scintillating Fireworks opens the evening.

Composed as a wedding present for the daughter of his composition tutor Rimsky-Korsakov, this piece packs such energy, originality and skill into its four minutes that it convinced Diaghilev to commission The Firebird for the Ballets Russes.


Philharmonia Orchestra
Santtu-Matias Rouvali conductor
Nikolai Lugansky piano


Stravinsky: Fireworks (Feu d'artifice)
Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.1
Tchaikovsky: Excerpts from Swan Lake

Dates & times

3 Nov 2019
Approximate run time: 105 mins
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Royal Festival Hall


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

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