Radio 3 host Stephen Johnson and English Piano Trio present a special talk and concert designed to provide further insight into the genius of Tchaikovsky and the music being performed by Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra of Moscow Radio Orchestra on Thursday 3 October
Two symphonies rich in protean passion, a youthful concerto, imposing yet wistful and suffused with playful charm. Our all-Russian programme boasts all-Russian forces, and a pianist for whom ‘there are no half measures’ (The Guardian).
Brandishing bicentenary Wagner, Kirill Karabits and the BSO wish operatic ‘many happy returns’ en route to that most technically formidable of concertos: ‘Rach 3’. Fear not. Kiev-born superstar Valentina Lisitsa has ‘a hotline to Rachmaninov’ (The Independent).
‘With Hanslip on this form I’d listen to anything’ declared The Times of tonight’s soloist, so expect Bruch to the Max as well as Dvorak both pastoral and patriotic when Libor Pesek and his Czech mates open up Bohemian vistas for our Symphony Project.
When it comes to Britten’s powerful Cello Symphony barrier-blind Johannes Moser can leave his electric cello back home – but there’s certain to be plenty of electricity as operatic Britten and Shostakovich make waves literal and political on the exact centenary day of Britten’s birth.