BSO Concert Hall

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Kees Bakels
CONDUCTOR

Lukas Vondracek
PIANO


GLINKA
Ruslan & Ludmilla Overture

GLINKA
Valse from A Life for the Tsar

KALINNIKOV
Symphony No.1

RACHMANINOV
Piano Concerto No.3

The extraordinary musical demands of Rachmaninov’s Third Concerto make it one the most challenging works in the piano concerto repertoire. The soloist plays almost constantly throughout and must combine ear-popping virtuosity with a chamber musician’s ability to listen and blend into the orchestra. Undoubtedly a tour de force, the great technical demands are more a means than an end, as the work seems much more focused on conveying Romantic musical ideas than being a simple display piece – its mood and character sitting squarely in 19th century Romanticism. A contemporary of Tchaikovsky and championed by Rachmaninov, Vasily Kalinnikov was an immensely popular composer during his lifetime.

All-round captivating and instantly charming, his First Symphony abounds with memorable melodies, developed with great skill and embellished through his fluent and colourful orchestration. In particular, the andante is a most gentle and luminous idyll set within a work of elegant yet simple grandeur and well worth a listen. Glinka, proverbially the father of Russian opera, also tapped into the Russian psyche with his two operas A Life for the Tsar and Ruslan and Ludmilla, both of which incorporated Russian as well as other folk elements. The music is dramatic, epic and stirring, evoking the expanse of the Russian Steppe. The sparkling overture of the latter was written in just twenty-four hours!

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