A carefree overture, a notoriously exacting concerto, and a gallery stroll that’s picture perfect: we end the season with a blistering trio of Russian masterpieces – delivered as only the Russians know how.
Shostakovich Festival Overture
Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 3
Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition
Conductor Yuri Simonov
Piano Freddy Kempf
Like their Petersburg cousins in January the Muscovites are on home ground exploring a richly resonant all-Russian programme that instantly blows away any cobwebs with Shostakovich’s breezy festive flourish – a white-knuckle-ride overture dashed off in a mere three days! Rachmaninov’s impregnable concerto raises the emotional stakes before Mussorgsky makes an exhibition of himself – The Great Gate of Kiev signing off our season with a fusillade of jubilant triumphalism.
Having premiered his symphonies 4 & 13, Shostakovich is in the Moscow Philharmonic’s blood. And under Yuri Simonov, “one of the most remarkable conductors before the public today” (Financial Times), the orchestra remains an unassailable ambassador for Russian music. After his Colston Hall Beethoven concerto cycle a few years back, Freddy Kempf needs no introduction. Delivered “with all the sangfroid of youth and the precision of a top-line artist, Rachmaninov’s 3rd was an even greater triumph” (New Zealand Herald).
Accompanying Chamber Concert:
Stephen Johnson & English Piano Trio
Tue 9 May 2017, The Lantern, 7.30pm
Tickets: £8, or £5 incl. booking fee when bought with a ticket to this concert