Philharmonia Orchestra

Symphony No. 5

Price: € 19.95
Format: CD
Label: Signum Classics
UPC: 0635212066928
Catnr: SIGCD 669
Release date: 12 March 2021
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12 March 2021

About the album

Following an acclaimed debut recording of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake with the Philharmonia in 2020, Santtu-Matias Rouvali returns with a recording of Sergei Prokofiev’s iconic Symphony No. 5.

Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 5 was first performed in 1944, 14 years after his previous symphony. Prokofiev described his Fifth Symphony as a “hymn to free and happy Man, to his mighty powers, his pure and noble spirit,” explaining that, “I cannot say that I deliberately chose this theme. It was born in me and clamoured for expression. The music matured within me. It filled my soul.”


In the 2020/21 season Santtu-Matias Rouvali continues as Chief Conductor of Gothenburg Symphony and as Principal Conductor Designate of the Philharmonia Orchestra, where he succeeds Esa-Pekka Salonen in 2021/22. Alongside these posts he retains his longstanding Chief Conductor position with Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra close to his home in Finland.

Starting the season on a high, Rouvali gives his highly anticipated debut at the BBC Proms with Philharmonia Orchestra, performing Bach’s Keyboard Concerto in F minor and Mozart’s Piano Concerto No.24 with Vikingur Ólaffson, alongside Strauss’ Till Eulenspiegels and Death in Transfiguration. Throughout the season he continues his relationships with top level orchestras across Europe, including NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, and Münchner Philharmoniker, and soloists such as Martin Fröst, Alice Sara Ott, Pekka Kuusisto, Bryce Dessner, Henning Kraggerud, Nina Stemme and Alexander Melnikov.

Rouvali’s Gothenburg season opens with Wagner’s Ring without Words, accompanied by Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder, before embarking on a tour to Spain in October. Performing a varied programme featuring Tchaikovsky Symphony No.4 and Dvořák Cello Concerto, they will play in Barcelona, Madrid, Alicante, Valencia and San Sebastian, with soloist Truls Mørk.

A tour to Rouvali’s home country Finland will also be the start of his season with Philharmonia Orchestra: performing in Helsinki and Tampere under the theme of ​‘Nature’, he will be conducting Dvořák​’s In Nature’s Realm in a programme that will also feature music by Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky, alongside pianist Denis Kozhukhin. Other highlights of the season in London include Orff’s Carmina Burana with the Philharmonia Chorus as well as concerts with Lars Vogt.



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