Tchaikovsky from the St Petersburg Philharmonic

Part of Birmingham International Concert Season 2014/15 Concert Package,
SoundBite, Birmingham International Concert Season 2014/15 and Orchestral Music

Friday 31st October 2014

Symphony Hall

St Petersburg Philharmonic
Yuri Temirkanov conductor
Leticia Moreno violin

Liadov Kikimora 7’
Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto in D 33’
Symphony No 6, Pathétique 46’

The St Petersburg Philharmonic premiered Tchaikovsky’s Pathétique Symphony in 1893 and their performances still burn with an unforgettable emotional intensity. First, though, is Tchaikovsky in an altogether sunnier mood – as the Philharmonic and their artistic director Yuri Temirkanov join forces with the stunning young Spanish violinist Leticia Moreno, whose Birmingham debut caused such a stir in January 2014.

Oliver Condy, Editor of BBC Music Magazine, explains his recommendation:

Any visit by Russia’s oldest and finest symphony orchestra is to be welcomed, particularly when chief conductor Yuri Temirkanov takes the helm. Expect Leticia Moreno to shine before the Pathétique Symphony takes us through the extraordinarily dramatic emotional journey of a composer looking firmly into the abyss.

6.15pm Pre-concert conversation with Leticia Moreno.

Russian Masters

Saturday 6 February 2010 at 7.00pm

Symphony Hall, Birmingham +44 (0)121-780 3333

Andris Nelsons  conductor
Baiba Skride  violin

Liadov: Kikimora 7′
Shostakovich: Violin Concerto No. 1 36′
Stravinsky: The Firebird 44′

Stravinsky’s The Firebird is one of the most popular of all ballet scores, conjuring a sumptuous fairy-tale world of glittering colours, enchanted melodies and blood-curdling thrills. It’s already become something of a signature-work for Andris Nelsons, so if you haven’t yet heard his interpretation, prepare to be astonished – and to be delightfully surprised by Liadov’s Kikimora, another Russian fairytale from the man who was originally supposed to write The Firebird. We welcome back the superb young Latvian violinist Baiba Skride, as soloist in Shostakovich’s powerful First Concerto.

Utterly brilliant evening, fantastic, mesmerising playing from Baiba Skride and The Firebird was done beautifully by the CBSO.

Review by Christopher Morley, Birmingham Post:

…”On Saturday it was the turn of another Russian concerto, dark and bitter, the Shostakovich no.1. Suppressed and sombre, then bursting into manic activity, it demands from Skride huge efforts of sustained concentration and superhuman physical energy, and she supplied both in abundance.

Her command of line was well sustained, and her virtuosity spectacular – but always at the service of this tremendous score. And her empathy with her old school-chum Nelsons and his wonderful band was effortless.”  …

Review by Geoff Read, MusicWeb:

…”Many however remain loyal to a particular work and Shostakovich’s 1st attracts considerable support. This rendition from Baiba Skride, Nelsons and the CBSO was ravishing in every sense. Dedicated to David Oistrakh, it impressed upon him at the time ‘absolute symphonic thinking’. In this performance on Feb 6th 2010, the four movements were indeed inextricably bound together. I used to think the opening Nocturne went on a bit, but such was the intensity of Skride’s soliloquy that the feeling of restless contemplation she created wasn’t a bar too long. ” ….

Review by Anna Picard, Independent:

…”Scintillation is relatively easy for an orchestra as confident and well-blended as the CBSO and a gifted, energetic young conductor. More impressive was the sense of chronic sickness and creeping despair in the veiled opening of Shostakovich’s First Violin Concerto and the expertly metred, gradual intensifying of tone. Soloist Baiba Skride and the orchestra moved as one from the grotesque brilliance of the Scherzo to the pallid sorrow of the Passacaglia. Both this and the Stravinsky feature on the CBSO’s tour to Germany next month, and it will be interesting to hear how Nelsons’ interpretation develops between now and 25 March, when The Firebird returns to Symphony Hall.”

Great Romantics

Saturday 28 November 2009 at 7.00pm

Symphony Hall, Birmingham +44 (0)121-780 3333

Andris Nelsons  conductor
Nikolai Lugansky  piano

Liadov: The Enchanted Lake 7′
Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 3 44′
Dvořák: Symphony No. 8 36′

Dvorák always insisted that he liked nothing more than listening to a Czech village band. And no wonder, if they sounded anything like the slow movement of his glorious Eighth Symphony. Forget the New World, this is Dvorák celebrating the old world with lilting tunes and utterly irresistible charm. Andris Nelsons sets the mood with another Slavic fairytale; Liadov’s ravishing Enchanted Lake, before joining pianist Nikolai Lugansky to scale the Everest of romantic piano concertos – Rachmaninov’s epic Third Concerto, premiered 100 years ago tonight and still as thrilling as ever!


(Long service awards given tonight to:

Twenty years….Eduardo Vassallo, cello; Heather Bradshaw, violin; Peter Hill, Timpani; Christopher Yates, Viola.

Thirty years….Pete Dyson, Horn.)

 Review by David Hart, Birmingham Post:

“When it comes to painting pictures in music Andris Nelsons is in his element. Liadov’s tone poem The Enchanted Lake, the magical, ravishingly played opener to Saturday’s concert, was so delicately defined you could almost see diaphanous forms emerging from the orchestral mists.” …