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Balakirev Islamey (Oriental Fantasy)
Khachaturian Piano Concerto
Kalinnikov Symphony No. 1
Osmo Vänskä conductor
Marc-André Hamelin piano
Forced out of music college, dismissed by his compositional elders and struggling with tuberculosis, Vassily Kalinnikov was staring both death and failure in the face when his First Symphony was premiered in Kiev in 1897. But that soon changed, and this momentous and haunting piece handed Kalinnikov a brief taste of success before his tragically early death just four years later. Four decades after that came the first performance of Aram Khachaturian’s Piano Concerto in Moscow – a piece whose unusual sonorities and sparkling, swaggering brilliance proved just as pivotal.
Tickets £9 - £39 (Premium Seats £65)