Russian Music from the Bolshoi

Birmingham International Concert Season 2010/11

Tue 3 May 7:30pm at Symphony Hall

Bolshoi Symphony Orchestra
Alexei Stepanov* conductor
Ivan Rudin piano

*Please note that Alexi Stepanov replaces Alexander Lazarev, as originally advertised

Khachaturian Suite from Spartacus 21’
Shostakovich Piano Concerto No 2 20’
Tchaikovsky (arranged Mravinsky) Music from The Nutcracker 40’

With a history stretching back to 1776, the outstanding Bolshoi Symphony Orchestra is the oldest in Russia and has acted as midwife to many of Russia’s most famous ballets and operas. Join us for a truly authentic performance of two of the most popular and stunning Russian ballet scores, displaying the full range of emotion, lyricism, pathos, humour, and glittering orchestral colours.

Classic FM’s Anne-Marie Minhall, says of tonight’s recommended concert:
“Direct from Moscow, the players of the Bolshoi Symphony Orchestra travel to Birmingham to bring us a wealth of riches from back home. Russian composers, it seems, always perform well in the annual Classic FM Hall of Fame, thanks to listeners’ votes. Here’s to a great evening – za vashe zdorovye!”

Review by Norman Stinchcombe, Birmingham Post:

…     “Shostakovich’s second piano concerto is the antithesis of Khachaturian – quicksilver, ironic and gossamer-light. Ivan Rudin, the modest bespectacled soloist who looks uncannily like the young Shostakovich, was introspective and musing in the Rachmaninov-style andante, and fleet-fingered in the rollicking humorous finale.”