TchaikovskySouvenir de Florence
RachmaninovPaganini Variations
TchaikovskySymphony No.4

The horns blast out a savage fanfare; the trumpets scream in reply – and you know this isn’t going to be any ordinary symphony. It’s Tchaikovsky’s Fourth, the no-holds-barred emotional autobiography in which one of the most inspired composers of all time wrestles with his personal demons in music of startling rawness and power.

This is uncensored Tchaikovsky, and if you want to hear what that really means, you need to hear it played by a genuine Russian orchestra. So when Vladimir Fedoseyev conducts the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra of Moscow Radio*…well, the clue’s in the name! These artists were born to play this music, just as the young Russian pianist *Andrei Korobeinikov’s performance of the Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini comes straight out of the tradition of Rachmaninov himself.

Tchaikovsky’s joyous musical picture-postcard from Italy gets our season off to an exuberant start: this should be electrifying.

Pre-concert talk: Woods-Scawen Room 6.15pm. Click here for more information.