19 October at 7:30 pm
Royal Festival Hall
There’s a good reason why Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto is one of the world’s favourite classics.
Like any true classic, it always sounds new – and in the hands of a pianist as insightful and skilled as the young British superstar Benjamin Grosvenor, it will never have sounded fresher.
Conductor Alondra de la Parra brings her signature verve to an all-Russian concert that begins with Glinka’s firecracker of an overture, and ends in the triumph of Tchaikovsky’s unashamedly autobiographical Fifth Symphony: music that the composer wanted to be played ‘with passion and desire’.
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Alondra de la Parra conductor
Benjamin Grosvenor piano
Glinka: Overture, Ruslan and Lyudmila
Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.2
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.5