Rimsky-Korsakov is full of Eastern promise, Khachaturian has the wind in his sails, and Prokofiev’s pianistic panache is unstoppable. The St Petersburgers have scintillating stories to tell.
Khachaturian Spartacus Suite
Prokofiev Piano Concerto No.3
Conductor Yuri Temirkanov
Piano Nikolai Lugansky
Russia’s oldest and most venerable orchestra is doubly dicing with death as Khachaturian’s colourful ballet suite reaches its bloody dénouement, and Scheherazade spins bewitching oriental tales as if her life depended on it. In between, nearly ten years on the drawing board, and completed in Brittany in 1921, Prokofiev’s most popular concerto struts its pugnacious stuff; a potent blend of mordent wit, confiding lyricism and incandescent ebullience.
The St Petersburg Philharmonic was already in existence when Rimsky-Korsakov’s symphonic poem first cast its spell, and has been captivating audiences ever since. Current Music Director Yuri Temirkanov ensures that the glory days of the Mravinsky epoch live on, and he’s joined by a pianist whose Prokofiev 3 has been described as “sensational, even for an artist who has set the bar so high in Russian repertoire” (The Guardian). Tantalising!
The Lantern, 6.25pm, free with a concert ticket
Music educator and conductor Jonathan James gives an insightful talk on tonight’s programme, including a short interview with Nikolai Lugansky.
Accompanying Chamber Concert:
Stephen Johnson & English Piano Trio
Tue 17 Jan 2017, The Lantern, 7.30pm
Tickets: £8, or £5 incl. booking fee when bought with a ticket to this concert
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