This all-Russian spectacular features one of the most popular piano concertos in the repertoire, Tchaikovsky's First; 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 with Petrenko
Jun 12 2014, 19:30 - Royal Festival Hall
Paavo Järvi conducts an all-Russian programme including Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony
Jun 05 2014, 19:30 - Royal Festival Hall
Christoph von Dohnányi conducts Strauss's Four Last Songs and Mahler's Symphony No.1