A barnstorming programme of Russian masterworks, forged from the burning embers of the Romantic period by four composers who for the most part couldn’t stand the sight of each other. Stravinsky’s Firebird ballet takes Borodin’s piquant orientalisms and Rimsky-Korsakov’s exotic orchestration to the outer reaches, while Rachmaninov’s The Rock feeds directly from the music of his most devoted admirer: Tchaikovsky. Scriabin appears to be sowing the seeds of his own musical destruction in the apocalyptic eruptions of his Poem of Ecstasy, while Prokofiev confirms his status as the ‘bad boy’ of Russian music with a pianistic whirlwind of super-heated virtuosity, here performed by the sensational winner of the 2011 International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow.
More concerts with Lorin Maazel:
Mar 11 2014, 19:30 - De Montfort Hall
Maazel conducts Prokofiev, Mozart and Strauss
Mar 14 2014, 19:45 - The Anvil
Lorin Maazel conducts Strauss in Basingstoke