Gala Opening Concert

Gala opening concert of the Anglo-Russian Year of Cultural Exchange 2014

Saturday 22nd February

Symphony Hall

Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra of Moscow Radio

Vladimir Fedoseyev conductor

Vadim Repin violin

Borodin Polovtsian Dances
Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto
Vaughan Williams Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis
Elgar Enigma Variations

Orchestra’s encore – Elgar – Pomp and Circumstance No 1

For this extraordinary Gala opening concert of the Anglo-Russian Year of Cultural Exchange 2014, Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra of Moscow Radio’s charismatic artistic director and chief conductor Vladimir Fedoseyev conducts a rich programme of works by Russian and English composers, one of only two performances in the UK.

Universally acknowledged as one of the world’s greatest violinists, Vadim Repin performs Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto with sheer virtuosic brilliance in a programme which also features Borodin’s spirited Polovstian Dances, Vaughan Williams’ haunting Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis and Elgar’s enduringly popular Enigma Variations.

Make no mistake: the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra makes a glorious sound – rich, sophisticated, with a burnished patina built up over decades playing together. The Scotsman

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Review by Gareth Ceredig, Birmingham Post:

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…     “The obligatory Russian fireworks arrived with a pacey Polovtsian Dances and an uncharacteristically frenetic Vadim Repin in the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto, but one would never have guessed from the intermittently scrappy rendition of Elgar’s Enigma Variations that this orchestra and conductor had performed the piece together only a week earlier in Moscow.

For all the strangeness and sloppiness, this ensemble is worth hearing for the quality of the string sound alone. It’s enormously resonant, underpinned by eight excellent basses, and one was grateful for the moments in the Borodin and Vaughan Williams in which Fedoseyev gave it time to bloom fully.”

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