Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Concerto: musical romance at its finest, with brilliant pianist Freddy Kempf
3:00pm, Sunday 27 January 2019
Adored by millions as the soundtrack to classic weepie Brief Encounter, Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Concerto is musical romance at its finest. Get swept up in the piece’s gorgeous melodies, its heart-on-sleeve emotion, its dazzling orchestral colours.
Few performances of this passionate music can be as authentic as one from the St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra – dubbed the crowning glory of Russian culture, and Russia’s oldest and most revered symphony orchestra.
Taking the Concerto’s spectacular solo role is British soloist Freddy Kempf, a master of Russian pianism who enjoys enormous popularity in Russia for his piercing intelligence, his pianistic brilliance and his muscular power. Winner of 1992’s BBC Young Musician contest, Kempf is now a pianist with a global reputation.
Conductor Vassily Sinaisky closes the concert with Gustav Mahler’s lightest, most joyful Symphony – and also his shortest. The Fourth traces a luminous path from experience to innocence, stopping off for a visit to a devilish fiddler, before revealing the wide-eyed wonders of a child’s view of heaven – complete with bread-baking angels and St Peter gone fishing. ‘There is no music on the Earth than can compare with ours,’ sing Mahler’s angels – and little can compare with the radiant glory of his rapturous Symphony.
Please note Yuri Temirkanov has had to withdraw from the concert because of illness - Vassily Sinaisky will now now conduct St Petersburg Philharmonic.
St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra
Vassily Sinaisky Conductor
Freddy Kempff Piano
Anna Devin Soloist
Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 2
Mahler Symphony No. 4
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