Russian Masters

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Conductor Andrew Litton
Piano Barry Douglas

Rimsky Korsakov Snow Maiden Suite
Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.1
Shostakovich Symphony No.6

A multi-national line-up tackles a richly-varied Russian threesome spanning folklore, awesome pianistic prowess and Symphonic Shostakovich with a ‘Spring’ in its step.

An English Orchestra, an American conductor, a Belfast-born pianist and an all-Russian programme: talk about an entente cordiale! 20 years after he stepped down as Principal Conductor of the BSO, Conductor Laureate Andrew Litton – “a passionate advocate of Shostakovich” (Star Tribune) – gives us the Symphony No. 6, completed on the cusp of World War 2 yet according to its composer conveying the “wonders of spring, joy, and youth”.

Folk-derived Rimsky Korsakov lifts the lid, and the winner of the 1986 Tchaikovsky Competition Gold Medal should feel particularly ‘at home’. “Barry Douglas is precisely the big technique pianist that comes out … having both rattled the rafters and made music” (The Independent).

Pre-concert interview: Barry Douglas
6.25pm, free with a concert ticket to Russian Masters.

Enhance your experience

Discovering Music Talk
Saturday 11 January, The Lantern, 11am

Bristol conductor Jonathan James hosts this popular series of talks that dig deeper into the themes and ideas behind the music.

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