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Dvorˇák Scherzo capriccioso
Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1
Shostakovich Symphony No. 1
Ilyich Rivas conductor
Simon Trpcˇeski piano
The date of the premiere of his First Symphony – 12 May – would become a date of lifelong celebration for Shostakovich. The Symphony heralded a new beginning for Russian culture. Shostakovich remained proud of it all his life, a confident, individual and striking piece that you’d hardly guess was the work of a teenager. Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto changed Russian music, too – appearing in its profusion of celebratory major keys a charming counterbalance to the darkness that underlay the Russian psyche. More symphonic than Schumann’s and more sweeping than Liszt’s, Tchaikovsky’s Concerto has also proved more popular than almost any other.
Tickets £9 - £39 (Premium Seats £65)