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. Under Yuri Temirkanov, Chief Conductor for the past three decades, there are few ensembles that can convey the turbulent soul of Russian music in quite the same way.
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.
Temirkanov 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.
St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra
Yuri Temirkanov Conductor
Freddy Kempff Piano
Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 2
Mahler Symphony No. 4
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