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Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra
Classical Music

Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra

Tickets Free

Yuri Simonov conductor
Freddy Kempf piano

Khachaturian Adagio from Spartacus and Phrygia
Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 2
Mussorgsky Prelude to Khovanshchina
Shostakovich Symphony No. 6

A model of Soviet composition, Khachaturian’s heroic ballet is best known now for its ardent love theme. Passions run high, too, in Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Concerto whose majestic opening sets the scene for sweeping melodies and muscular virtuosity from Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition winner, Freddy Kempf. Mussorgsky’s unfinished Opera Khovanshchina was inspired by an attempted rebellion, but it’s just the short and evocative prelude, that is known now. Here it provides the calm before the warring emotions of Shostakovich’s 1939 Sixth Symphony, with the dark and brooding first movement a stark contrast to the apparently breezy conclusion, parodying Stalin’s demand for light and boisterous finales.

Free pre-concert talk, 6.30pm in the auditorium:
Professor Robert Adlington – ‘What was Soviet music?’

Book this concert as part of a package of six gloriously loud concerts this season and receive 20% off all your ticket purchases.

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Free pre-concert talk at 6.30pm in the auditorium with Professor Robert Adlington – ‘What was Soviet music?’

£2 for online bookings or £3 for phone & counter sales applies per transaction.

Venue: Royal Concert Hall

Running time: 2 hours 10 minutes

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