St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra

Passion's Peak

A Russian orchestra in Russian music is something of a Hall speciality, so as Tchaikovsky tangles with Shakespeare, and Rachmaninov spends two decades fine-tuning his concerto farewell, sparks will fly.

Mussorgsky Night on the Bare Mountain*
Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.4
Prokofiev Classical Symphony*
Tchaikovsky Fantasy Overture Romeo & Juliet

Conductor Alexander Dmitriev
Piano Peter Donohoe

The St Petersburgers open in dramatic style with Mussorgsky’s popular and atmospheric orchestral poem, before delving into Prokofiev’s beloved Classical Symphony, the composer’s stunning synergy of the classical style of Haydn with his own musical voice. The Overture-Fantasy Romeo and Juliet needs no introduction. When two star-crossed lovers are the subject you can be sure of an emotional rollercoaster – especially when the composer is Tchaikovsky.

Rachmaninov’s much-revised Concerto completes a tantalising all-Russian programme. Under their Music Director of forty years the Petersburgers have the music in their blood, and having taken Silver in the Moscow International Tchaikovsky Competition, tonight’s soloist is not without a certain Russian pedigree himself! “A lion of the keyboard but also a poet” (The Herald), “Peter Donohoe played as if visited by the spirit of Rachmaninov” (The Guardian).

*Programme updated since the publication of the Classical Season brochure, at the request of the orchestra.

Pre-concert talk
The Lantern, 6.25pm, free with a concert ticket

Music educator and conductor Jonathan James gives an insightful talk on tonight’s programme, including an interview with pianist Peter Donohoe.

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Chamber concert

Accompanying Chamber Concert:

Stephen Johnson & English Piano Trio
Tue 10 Oct 2017, The Lantern, 7.30pm
Tickets: £8, or £5 incl. booking fee when bought with a ticket to this concert

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