Mussorgsky Night on a Bare Mountain
Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.4
Rimsky Korsakov Scheherazade

Everyone loves Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade. But until you’ve heard it played live by a genuine Russian orchestra, believe us – you haven’t really heard it at all! The St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra is the real thing, and under its artistic director, Alexander Dmitriev, its impassioned strings, characterful woodwind and fiery brass section will make Rimsky-Korsakov’s musical tales of the beautiful Scheherazade and her jealous husband blaze with colour and emotion.

First, though, experience the spine-tingling thrills of Mussorgsky’s Halloween shocker Night on a Bare Mountain and hear East meet West, as the great British piano virtuoso Peter Donohoe joins the St Petersburgers in Rachmaninov’s dazzling Fourth Concerto. It’s not as famous as the other Rachmaninov concertos, but if you haven’t heard it before, you’re in for a fabulous surprise: it’s packed with big, memorable melodies, edge-of-the seat drama and of course, truly world-class piano playing. Peter Donohoe will make it catch fire.