Russian National Orchestra: War and Peace - Concert Two

Not often heard in London and described as the most 'European' of the great Russian orchestras due to their refined sound, the Russian National Orchestra under guest conductor Jurowski, take on two powerful symphonies born out of the Second World War by Vaughan Williams and Prokofiev.

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Programme

Vaughan Williams, Ralph (1872-1958), Symphony no. 6 in E minor

Prokofiev, Sergey (1891-1953), Symphony no. 5 in B flat major, Op.100 

Artists

Russian National Orchestra

Vladimir Jurowski, Conductor

Rich orchestral colours, melodic brilliance and a wide dramatic scope are features of both British and Russian 20th-century composers. When they turn their talents to the subject of war, the results have been spectacular.

Not often heard in London and described as the most 'European' of the great Russian orchestras due to their refined sound, the Russian National Orchestra under guest conductor Jurowski, take on two powerful symphonies born out of the Second World War.

Vaughan Williams' richly melodic work belies its composer's pastoral tendencies with music that cries out in violence and desperation. Whereas Prokofiev's war response created his most compelling, heroic orchestral work, a piece he said at the time was intended as 'a hymn to free and happy Man, to his mighty powers, his pure and noble spirit'.

Southbank Centre: Royal Festival Hall

Belvedere Road
London Greater London United Kingdom SE1 8XX