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Sunday Matinees: Rachmaninov - Symphony No. 2

Southbank Centre: Royal Festival HallBelvedere Road, London, Greater London, SE1 8XX, United Kingdom
Dates/times in London time zone
Sunday 25 April 202115:00

Rachmaninov’s Second Symphony is widely considered one of his best works. The stormy horn motif that opens the second movement, and the long, singing clarinet theme of the third, are just two of the symphony’s many memorable moments.

A student of Rimsky-Korsakov, Glazunov’s music combines his teacher’s mastery of orchestral colour with a gift for melody worthy of Tchaikovsky, and an unmistakable Russian spirit. His exuberant Violin Concerto has no numbered movements, but flows from one section to another with an air of freedom and spontaneity.

Lyadov was another of Rimsky-Korsakov’s students. His short tone-poem The Enchanted Lake, subtitled ‘a fairy tale scene’, shimmers with a sense of quiet mystery.

Insights Talk: John Wilson discusses this afternoon’s programme

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1.30pm, The Clore Ballroom, Level 2, Royal Festival Hall

Free, no ticket required

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