Introducing Elgar Symphony No. 2

Watch our short introduction to Elgar's Second Symphony.

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Royal Festival Hall 2013/14

  • Please note that a transaction fee of £1.75 will be added to each order made online.
  • Tickets booked fewer than five working days before the date of the concert will be available for collection at the ticket office from 6.30pm on the day of the performance.
  • Concessions: 50% off all ticket prices for full-time students, benefit recipients (Jobseeker's Allowance, Income Support or Pension Credit) and under-16s (maximum 4 per transaction. Not applicable to Family Concerts) only. Limited availability; appropriate cards will be checked on admission.

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London Philharmonic Orchestra ticket office: 020 7840 4242
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Minimum age

7.30pm concerts are not recommended for children of five years and under, and Southbank Centre staff reserve the right to refuse entry to young children for these events. We recommend our FUNharmonics concerts for children.

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Romance and Rapture

Romantic favourites including Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini

7:30 PM, ​ Royal Festival Hall, London

JTI Friday Series

Berlioz Overture, Le Corsaire
Rachmaninoff Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
Elgar Symphony No. 2

Vasily Petrenko conductor
Kirill Gerstein piano
London Philharmonic Orchestra

Twenty-two years before Rachmaninoff created the rapturous and devious dance for piano and orchestra that is the Paganini Rhapsody, Edward Elgar wrote a symphony that was intended to represent ‘high and pure joy’. The Second Symphony certainly appeared high-spirited, bubbling over with energy and expression. But it was far more emotionally complicated than Elgar had suggested – as much a battleground for conflicting feelings and instincts as the great Romantic scores of central Europe, enshrined in instrumental opulence the likes of which England had never heard before.

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