Best Russian music: London concerts that dazzle
The UK-Russia Year of Music comes to a brilliant end with top Russian artists and masterworks
Rimsky-Korsakov's action-packed score is threaded through with new stories for the Arabian Nights, written and told by Ruth Padel, DBC Pierre and others. Ben Gernon conducts the 1889 composition, with its beguiling oboe solo.Read more ...
Opening its 2019/20 season, the London Philharmonic Orchestra under its principal conductor Vladimir Jurowski (pictured) performs Tchaikovsky’s blazing Sixth Symphony, the Pathétique. Plus Britten's Violin Concerto with soloists Julia Fischer and music by Oliver Knussen inspired by the Russian composer Alexander Scriabin.Read more ...
The Oslo Philharmonic under Vasily Petrenko (pictured) shimmers and shines in Shostakovich's 10th Symphony. Also on the programme, the ever-popular Grieg Piano Concerto, with soloist Leif Ove Andsnes, and Strauss's theatrical overture Don Juan. Sure to sell outRead more ...
Elim Chan, who first conducted the Philharmonia in 2017, at short notice, returns by popular request. She is joined by Argentine player Sol Gabetta (pictured) in Shostakovich’s fiery Cello Concerto No 1. The concert also features Tchaikovsky's folk-inspired Symphony No 2 and Britten's surging Four Sea Interludes, from his opera Peter Grimes.Read more ...
Be among the first to see the exciting Ukrainian-born Dalia Stasevska (pictured) when she gives her first Barbican concert as the new principal guest conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra. On the programme, two dynamic Russian pieces – Stravinsky's Symphony of Psalms, featuring the BBC Singers, and Rachmaninov's Symphonic Dances, plus Britten's moving Sinfonia da Requiem.
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