Rotterdam Philharmonic: Prokofiev's Symphonies No. 1 and 5

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Relish an evening of Russian music with the Rotterdam Philharmonic, under the baton of Lahav Shani, who will take over as their principal conductor in September 2018. Two of Prokofiev's greatest symphonies, and Shostakovich' First Cello Concerto, with Dutch star Harriet Krijgh, promises a feast of iconic Twentieth Century works.

Both written during times of global war, the First 'Classical' and the Fifth Symphonies make direct reference to mankind at its most creative and noble - perhaps a subconscious reaction to the destruction that surrounded their composition. Shostakovich' Cello Concerto, among the most difficult in the repertoire, was inspired by a Prokofiev work in the same vein, but features the composer's musical 'signature' - DSCH - in its very first bars.

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