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Khachaturian Masquerade Suite
Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.1
Shostakovich Symphony No.5

Shostakovich called his Fifth Symphony “a Soviet artist’s response to just criticism” – but then, in Stalin’s Russia, he didn’t have much of a choice. And every note screams out a different, much more powerful story. From its tempestuous opening to its final, blazing chords, this is music that demands to be heard: angry, heartfelt, and utterly compelling. There’s simply nothing in all of 20th century music more gripping than to hear it played by a top Russian orchestra.

The Russian State Symphony Orchestra is from Moscow so, with rising star Valentin Uryupin conducting, expect a roof-raising finish to a concert that begins with Khachaturian’s droll, deliciously tuneful Masquerade Suite (you’ll already know the famous Waltz), and features a giant amongst British pianists, the great Barry Douglas, as soloist in Rachmaninov’s bejewelled Fabergé egg of a First Piano Concerto.

Two great traditions, united by truly magnificent music.


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