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London Symphony Orchestra/ Susanna Mälkki

Benjamin, Hindemith & Rachmaninov

Kirill Gerstein

Pianist Kirill Gerstein continues his spotlight series with one of the pinnacles of the repertoire.

The heartrending majesty of Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No 3 is any pianist’s Everest. The journey to the climactic summit places unique demands on a performer. But for an audience, the effect is electrifying. This is music in the grand manner: sincere, impressive and emotionally direct.

Every instrument is a soloist in George Benjamin’s Concerto for Orchestra, with especially dramatic roles for fervent first violins and unpredictable tuba.

Long-time master of its dizzying technical challenges, Kirill Gerstein – a Spotlight Artist with the LSO in 2023/24 – offers a clear, fresh view of the fabulous structure of Rachmaninov’s masterwork. Susanna Mälkki and the LSO make both new and enduring repertoire feel like a revelation.

This performance will end at approximately 9.10pm, including a 20-minute interval.

Produced by the London Symphony Orchestra

Support for the Music Academy partnership with the London Symphony Orchestra has been provided in part by Linda and Michael Keston, with additional support in remembrance of Léni Fé Bland.