The first of two all-Russian spectaculars features the most popular piano concerto in the repertoire; a wild Cossack-ride through virtuoso territory that leaves audiences breathless in its wake. Incredibly, when Tchaikovsky first showed it to his mentor Nikolay Rubinstein, he was told that only ‘two or three pages’ were worth preserving! Liadov's creative output reflects his life-long desire to escape from reality. 'Give me a fairy tale', he once said, 'a dragon, a water-sprite, a forest-demon – give me something unreal and I am happy.’ The première of Prokofiev’s noble Fifth Symphony was all too real as the sound of cannon fire from outside the hall signalled the end of hostilities in World War II.
More concerts at Royal Festival Hall
Jun 29 2014, 19:30 - Royal Festival Hall
Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts Mahler’s mighty Symphony of a Thousand to close the season.
Jun 26 2014, 19:30 - Royal Festival Hall
Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts the music of his homeland in this all-Finnish programme.