An evening of Russian masterworks conducted by Yuri Temirkanov. The heroic grandeur of Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Concerto acts as a beguiling prequel to Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony. Courting political rehabilitation with one hand while mocking it with the other, one journalist famously and ambiguously dubbed the Symphony a ‘Soviet artist’s practical and creative answer to just criticism’.

The Programme:  Lyadov: Kikimora Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.2 Interval Shostakovich: Symphony No.5 in D minor

Performers: Philharmonia Orchestra Yuri Temirkanov conductor Denis Kozhukhin piano