The London Symphony Orchestra is led by its Principal Guest Conductor, maestro Gianandrea Noseda, in an all-Russian program culminating in the brilliant young Shostakovich’s First Symphony, composed when he was just 18 years old! Korean pianist and winner of the 2015 International Chopin Piano Competition Seong-Jin Cho joins them for one of Rachmaninov’s most technically-challenging piano concertos in a concert at London’s prestigious Barbican Hall.
The program opens with the simple and beguiling introduction of Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 3, transitioning quickly into the jaw-droppingly difficult yet elegant work that Rachmaninov counted among his favorite compositions. Next comes Balakirev’s Islamey, a fascinating work inspired by a visit to the Caucasus mountains that is run through with fantasy and romanticism. The evening closes with the young Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 1, a stunningly brilliant work that shows the influences of Mahler and Prokofiev.
Seong-Jin Cho appears courtesy of Deutsch Grammophon.
2003 St. Petersburg Gala, celebrating the 300th anniversary of the city
With the Svetlanov Symphony Orchestra conducted by Alexander Sladkovsky