Conductor Rumon Gamba
Piano Kathryn Stott
Kalinnikov Serenade for Strings
Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.4
Tchaikovsky Symphony No.4
Get ready for a night of Russian passion.
To begin the concert, a little-known gem: the charming Serenade by Vassily Kalinnikov. A colleague of both Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov, his promise was cut short by his early death.
Rachmaninov’s mighty Fourth Piano Concerto follows. The piece calls for a soloist with an ardent heart and fingers of steel and the superb British pianist Kathryn Stott is such a musician.
Embodying the word passion is Tchaikovsky’s hyper-emotional Fourth Symphony. Shattering, doom-laden fanfares herald music of a soul in torment, but a hard-won affirmation of life ultimately triumphs.
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