Sat 28 Oct
Leeds Town Hall, Victoria Hall
St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra
Alan Buribayev - conductor
Peter Donohoe - piano
Free pre-concert talk at 6.45pm by George Kennaway
Though he was regarded as impossibly avant-garde in his youth, Prokofiev belongs to the same great tradition of Russian music as Tchaikovsky. In Symphony No 1 - a tuneful and accessible homage to Haydn and Mozart - seldom has 20th century music sounded so transparent or free from care.
If any single composer can be said to encapsulate the essence of Russianness, it is Tchaikovsky. The mammoth three movement work of Piano Concerto No 2 shows off the composer’s brilliant piano writing and typically imaginative orchestration - undeniably attractive and elaborate, full of exuberant piano writing and exhilarating orchestral responses. His greatest symphony and, possibly, his greatest work, the 'Pathétique' (Passionate) is one of the defining sounds of the romantic period. Its extraordinarily personal Finale a trail-blazer in composition.
The prestigious St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra presents a programme of Russian music. "Each group of the St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra has a special sound”, Seen and Heard International, 2015.
A £37.10, B £34.98, C £30.74, D £24.38, E £18.02, O £13.78