Moscow State Symphony Orchestra

Russian Rhapsody

Rachmaninov and Prokofiev beam in the hands of their compatriots; Pavel Kogan’s magnificent Muscovites are in their element.

Conductor Pavel Kogan
Piano John Lill 

Prokofiev Russian Overture
Rachmaninov Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
Rachmaninov Symphony No. 2

A distinguished Russian orchestra. A virile Russian programme. The combination is irresistible as the Moscow State Symphony returns with a delectable double helping of Rachmaninov. Exiled from his homeland, and prey to the changing tastes in musical fashion, he remarked “I feel like a ghost wandering in a world grown alien”. There’s nothing remotely alien however about the impish humour and inventiveness of the Paganini Variations, and saturated with supple lyricism, the expansive 2nd Symphony was a triumph from the start. Perky Prokofiev – the music of an exile returned – sets the scene.

“Vibrant, soulful and involving” was Gramophone’s verdict on the Moscow State Symphony’s Rachmaninov cycle under Music Director Pavel Kogan, and having premiered works by Prokofiev, the Russian Overture is wired into its DNA. John Lill’s affinity with the Russian repertoire remains undimmed: a pianist “driven by trenchant intellect and unflinching authority” proclaims The Herald.

This UK tour by the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra is supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation.

Accompanying Chamber Concert:

Stephen Johnson & English Piano Trio
Tue 3 May 2016, The Lantern, 7.30pm
Tickets: £13, or £9 incl. booking fee when bought with a ticket to this concert

Enhance Your Experience

Pre-concert Foyer performance
Enjoy a pre-concert drink while ensembles from Bristol University Music Society perform. Tonight’s performance comes from the Berwick Consort, performing a selection of vocal pieces.  Find out more

Inside The Music talk
The Lantern, 6.25pm, free with a concert ticket
Bristol conductor and educator Jonathan James shares his insights into the music of tonight’s programme.

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