St Petersburg Philharmonic

St Petersburg Philharmonic

Plays Russian Masterworks

Birmingham International Concert Season 2011/12

Tuesday 27 March, 7:30pm

Symphony Hall

St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra
Yuri Temirkanov conductor
Simon Trpčeski piano

Prokofiev : Classical Symphony 15’
Rachmaninov : Piano Concerto No 2 33’
Shostakovich : Symphony No 5 44’

St Petersburg Philharmonic encore – Elgar – Salut d’Amour


There’s nothing like seeing a legendary Russian orchestra unleashing the full power and passion of the great Russian masterworks. The St Petersburg Philharmonic enjoyed close associations with both Prokofiev and Shostakovich, whose works they perform tonight, alongside Rachmaninov’s richly romantic Second Piano Concerto with virtuoso Simon Trpčeski.


Classic FM’s Anne-Marie Minhall, recommends tonight’s concert: “A few years ago I got to hear the St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra perform under its conductor, Yuri Temirkanov, in its home city – I’ve never forgotten what a wonderful experience it was… this all-Russian programme looks to be a knockout.”



Review by David Hart, Birmingham Post:

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“There’s nothing better than hearing Russian music played by a top Russian orchestra, and the St Petersburg Philharmonic is probably the best there is.

Tuesday’s programme was nothing new – Prokofiev’s Classical Symphony, the Second Piano Concerto of Rachmaninov and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5 – but in the hands of Yuri Temirkanov and his remarkable players these familiar works came over totally refreshed. The Prokofiev in particular, which some conductors view as updated Haydn – all crisp definition and mock-Classical deference – was here invested with a brittleness and tongue-in-cheek mischief that sometimes verged on the boisterous and almost like a wakeup call.

Simon Trpceski certainly made one wake up and listen in the concerto – both to his glittering passagework with every note focused in high definition relief, and his finely sculpted cantabile, which alternated between glowing richness and rippling delicacy.”     …            ***** 

Review by Diane Parkes, BehindtheArras:

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…     “For many in the audience the highlight of the evening was without a doubt Simon Trpceski’s performance of Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No 2.

One of Rachmaninov’s best-known works, it was handled with confidence and zest by Trpceski and received some of the longest applause I have seen at Symphony Hall.”     …     ****

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