Russian Easter Overture / 14’
Violin Concerto / 22’
Manfred Symphony / 57’
Size isn’t everything – even if you are the largest country in the world. It’s all about what’s inside. And inside of Russia is a heart and soul full of everything you might want (well, nearly everything) and every emotion you can feel (sometimes all at once!).
Rimsky-Korsakov’s Russian Easter Overture offers a brisk dash through a typical Russian Easter – known by the locals as the ‘Bright Holiday’ – stopping off at points of interest to take in colour and character (much like your favourite reality programme) and to offer pointed commentary in a way that David Attenborough fans will certainly approve of.
Stravinsky’s Violin Concerto is a love letter to an instrument the maverick master had once refused to write for. But suspicion turned to infatuation (funny how love is) in a work that contrasts old and new to produce something wholly original. ‘Among violinists of the younger generation… the most original’ (The Strad) Vilde Frang is the must-hear soloist.
A rarity in the concert hall (#ifnotnowwhen) Tchaikovsky’s Manfred Symphony is one of the overlooked treasures of the repertoire. Based on a poem by Lord Byron (Russell Brand is kindergarten compared to him) it was, in Tchaikovsky’s mind, ‘the best of my symphonies’. And we might well agree with him.
‘Rising star’ (Daily Telegraph) conductor Cristian Măcelaru takes the helm for an evening bound to please your inner Cossack.
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