Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra plays in London

September 17, 2013
Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra plays in London On Friday 4th October Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra of Moscow Radio will be performing at Cadogan Hall. The programme includes: Tchaikovsky's Souvenir de Florence, Rachmaninov's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini and Shostakovich's Symphony No. 10.

Awarding the orchestra the name of this great Russian composer was in recognition of its role in promoting much of the music written by Tchaikovsky and for nearly 40 years the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra has been headed by Vladimir Fedoseyev.

Souvenir de Florence is a string sextet scored for 2 violins, 2 violas, and 2 cellos sketched by Tchaikovsky in the European summer of 1890 during his visit to Florence, where he composed The Queen of Spades (an opera based on a short story of the same name by Alexander Pushkin). The work, in the traditional four-movement form, combines melodic and romantic themes of the first two movements with distinctly Russian and folk-like melodies and rhythms of the last two movements.
Excerpts from the score of Souvenir de Florence were used in the 2005 ballet Anna Karenina, choreographed by Boris Eifman.

Dramatic Symphony No. 10 was Shostakovich's first symphonic work since his denunciation in 1948. It thus has a significance somewhat comparable to that of the Fifth Symphony in relation to the 1936 denunciation. As in that work, he quotes from one of his settings of Pushkin: in the first movement, from the second of his Four Pushkin Monologues, entitled "What is in My Name?". This theme of personal identity is picked up again in the third and fourth movements.

The award-winning young Russian pianist Andrei Korobeinikov plays Rachmaninov’s captivating Paganini Rhapsody. Rachmaninov wrote his Paganini Rhapsody, closely resembling a piano concerto, at his Villa, the Villa Senar, in Switzerland, in 1934. The piece is a set of 24 variations on the twenty-fourth and last of Niccolò Paganini's Caprices for solo violin, which has inspired works by several composers.

The concert is a part of Zurich International Orchestra Series 2013-14.
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