Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

London Calling

Prokofiev and Shostakovich look on as Kirill Karabits makes his season debut alongside an eminent cellist and a vivacious symphony that took Georgian London by storm.

Conductor Kirill Karabits
Cello Steven Isserlis

Prokofiev Sinfonietta
Shostakovich Cello Concerto No. 1
Haydn Symphony No. 104 ‘London’

“This wonderful man never fails” declared The Morning Chronicle after Haydn’s benefit performance of his tribute to the city that had taken him to its heart – a symphony bristling with wit and elegance; it’s one of the peaks of the classical era. Paving the way is the wry neoclassicism of the student Prokofiev’s delightful Sinfonietta and Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No.1 – a piece with its composer’s name literally written all over it, his initials spelled out in the opening notes.

Karabits and the BSO have been attracting 5-star reviews for their ongoing Prokofiev symphony cycle on the Onyx label and turn their “persuasive command of the idiom” (The Telegraph) on the engaging early symphonyin- miniature. There’s nothing miniature though about Steven Isserlis’ profound rapport with Russian music. Arguably one of the top five cellists in the world today, when Isserlis plays “the temperature rises palpably” observes Sinfini Music.

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