Sat 2 February
Leeds Town Hall (Victoria Hall), Leeds Town Hall
St Petersburg Philharmonic
Vassily Sinaisky - conductor
Freddy Kempf - piano
Anna Devin - soprano
Rachmaninov - Piano Concerto No 2 Listen
Mahler - Symphony No 4 Listen
Free pre-concert talk at 6.45pm by Dan Holden.
The concert will be finished by approximately 9.40pm.
We regret to inform you that Yuri Temirkanov is indisposed due to ill health. We are delighted that Vassily Sinaisky, who has enjoyed a long and successful relationship with the St Petersburg Philharmonic, has agreed to replace Yuri Temirkanov to conduct the orchestra for all of its performances in January and February 2019.
Rachmaninov’s second piano concerto is musical romance at its finest – featuring gorgeous melodies, heart-on-sleeve emotion and dazzling orchestral colour. Few performances of this passionate music can be as authentic as one from an ensemble dubbed the crowning glory of Russian culture, its oldest and most revered symphony orchestra. Taking the Concerto’s spectacular solo role is globally-renowned British pianist Freddy Kempf, a master of the piano who enjoys enormous popularity for his pianistic brilliance.
Gustav Mahler’s lightest, most joyful symphony closes the concert. The fourth symphony traces a path from the dreamy elegance of its opening to a child’s view of heaven (complete with dancing angels) by way of the contrasting elements encountered on life’s journey. “There is no music on the Earth than can compare with ours,” sing Mahler’s angels – and little can compare with the radiant glory of his rapturous symphony.
A £38.16, B £36.04, C £31.80, D £24.91,
E £18.55, O £14.31
Over 60s: £1.50 off
Under 18s/students/unwaged: 50% off
(including booking fees)