Seong-jin Cho plays Rachmaninov at the Barbican

Seong-jin Cho

Hear from the teenage Shostakovich in this all-Russian programme with conductor Gianandrea Noseda.

Rachmaninov’s Third Piano Concerto opens quietly enough, but this simple and beguiling beginning quickly gives way what is in fact one of the most technically demanding concertos in the classical piano repertoire. Its lush and romantic elegance is followed by Balakirev’s Islamey, a piece of large-scale fantasy music inspired by a trip to Caucasus, the mountainous area which joins Europe and Asia.

Shostakovich wrote his first symphony when he was just 18. Already a remarkably experienced composer, the young Dimtri incorporates aspects of Mahler and Prokofiev in this musical first salvo from the teenager who would become one of music’s biggest symphonists.

Russian Roots

London Symphony Orchestra | Gianandrea Noseda
Thursday 28 March 2019, 19:30, Barbican Hall
Tickets £16 – £56 | Book tickets

Programme

Performers

Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No 2
Balakirev arr Casella Islamey
Shostakovich Symphony No 1
London Symphony Orchestra
Gianandrea Noseda conductor
Seong-Jin Cho piano

[Text from Barbican website]

Note: the programme originally had Rachmaninov’s 3rd concerto, and was changed to No 2 at the soloist’s request.

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