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Sunday Classics: Russian State Symphony Orchestra

Rachmaninov’s achingly romantic Second Symphony, plus Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich from exceptional Russian players

3:00pm, Sunday 14 October 2018

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Heart-stopping romance; mischievous wit; and one of the most moving tales in the whole of ballet.

A mighty all-Russian programme from one of Russia’s foremost orchestras kicks off the Usher Hall’s 2018-19 Sunday Classics concerts in spectacular style.

The Moscow-based Russian State Symphony Orchestra has a peerless pedigree in the stirring, deeply expressive music of its homeland, with a rich, noble sound that’s matched by the players’ incisive energy. Under conductor Valentin Uryupin, one of the most exciting young talents emerging from Russia’s fiercely competitive classical world, it’s a force to be reckoned with.

Uryupin and his Orchestra open with the unforgettable melancholy of one of the world’s best-loved ballet scores: Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake. They close with the overwhelming opulence of Rachmaninov’s epic Second Symphony, overflowing with outpourings of ecstatic melody, and charting a passionate journey through breathtaking romance to blazing triumph.

In between, they’re joined by the multi-award-winning Belfast-born pianist Barry Douglas, who famously won the prestigious Tchaikovsky Competition back in 1986, and has forged a global career with his remarkable mix of muscular power and exquisite poetry. He’s the soloist in Shostakovich’s sunny, funny Second Piano Concerto, a touching birthday present from the composer to his 19-year-old son, which sandwiches a soulful, dreamy slow movement between two movements of sparkling wit and vivacious energy

Running order

Door time:2:00pm

Running times:-
Doors 2pm
Starts 3pm
Interval 3:45pm (20 minutes)
Ends 5:05pm approximately

**Note there are a large number of tickets set for collection for this performance - please allow plenty of time to collect your tickets and take your seats for the start of the performance.

Prices

£35 | £29 | £24 | £18 | £13.50

Concessions available

Early Bird Offer: Book 5 or more concerts in the same transaction for the Sunday Classic Season 2018-19 season before 5pm on the 20th August and you will be eligible for £5.00 off top two ticket prices. (Offer subject to availability) 

**Please note a £1.50 transaction fee applies on the overall booking when purchasing online or over the phone (non-refundable)**

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