Russian Intensity

Russian Intensity

Russian Intensity

Friday, May 12, 2017 - Sunday, May 14, 2017

Belding Theater at The Bushnell
Friday & Saturday at 8pm
Sunday at 3pm

Borodin Prince Igor Overture
Glazunov Concerto for Violin in A minor, Op. 82
Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36, TH 27


Donato Cabrera conductor
Leonid Sigal violin
The spotlight is on HSO’s own concertmaster, Leonid Sigal, in this concert featuring the works of Russian composers. Alexander Borodin died before he finished his Prince Igor opera; it was Rimsky-Korsakov and Glazunov who completed the work for him after he passed, with Glazunov composing much of the Overture. Glazunov’s Concerto for Violin in A minor was written at the height of the composer’s fame, while he was spending time at his summer home in Oserki. The pastoral setting inspired the lyrical mood of the concerto, which is superbly imagined and vivacious. Tchaikovsky’s great Symphony No. 4 was dedicated to his patroness, Nadezhda von Meck; he claimed she would find in it “an echo of your most intimate thoughts and emotions.” With the theme of Fate running throughout, Symphony No. 4 is emotionally and musically complex. The Koski Memorial Concert.

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The return of Casey’s Classics
Recommended recordings for your listening pleasure!

Want the best recordings of the pieces you’ll experience on the concert program? Coleman Casey, HSO’s dear friend, Director Emeritus and beloved in-house audiophile, offers the following recommendations for recordings of selections featured on our upcoming Masterworks Concert:

Borodin’s Prince Igor Overture is compelling in a recording of all-Russian works with George Solti and the London Symphony (DECCA).

Glazunov’s suave and tuneful Violin Concerto is stylishly and ardently performed by Gil Shaham and Mikhail Pletnev conducting the Russian National Orchestra (DG).

Tchaikovsky’s powerful Symphony No. 4 receives a blistering digitally recorded performance from Valery Gergiev and the Vienna Philharmonic (PHILIPS); this is an example of a recording where it helps to have a native-born Russian conductor on the podium!


Masterworks #8: Russian Intensity  May 12-14, 2017

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