This year we celebrate the power of the symphony with our special Symphony Project – a series of unique concerts dedicated to the masters of the form – Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Dvořák and Shostakovich – and performed by the leading orchestras of their home nations.
Each of these one-off concerts will feature two major symphonies by each composer plus star turns by virtuoso performers like Barry Douglas, Chloe Hanslip and Natasha Paremski.
Further to the main concerts, we invite you to the accompanying chamber concerts in the intimate surroundings of The Lantern which include an insightful talk from Radio 3 presenter Stephen Johnson and delve deeper into the works of each composer.
When you buy a ticket to a main symphony concert, you can buy a ticket to the corresponding chamber concert for just £8 (normal price £12). Subject to availability.
Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra of Moscow Radio
Two symphonies rich in protean passion, a youthful concerto, imposing yet wistful and suffused with playful charm. Our all-Russian programme boasts all-Russian forces, and a pianist for whom ‘there are no half measures’ (The Guardian).
Czech National Symphony Orchestra
‘With Hanslip on this form I’d listen to anything’ declared The Times of tonight’s soloist, so expect Bruch to the Max as well as Dvorak both pastoral and patriotic when Libor Pesek and his Czech mates open up Bohemian vistas for our Symphony Project.
Vienna Tonkünstler Orchestra
No survey of the symphony could ignore Beethoven, and the Vienna Tonkünstler turns back the clock to a remarkable December night in 1808 when all the works on tonight’s programme (and more!) were premiered by the composer himself.
Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra
Contrasting symphonies by one of the 20th century’s most compelling symphonists round out both our season and our ‘Symphony Project’. The Muscovites have the music in their blood – and pause for a Brief Encounter with iconic Rachmaninov.