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Rimsky-Korsakov Capriccio Espagnol
Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto
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Rachmaninov Symphonic Dances

Is this the finest symphony Rachmaninov never wrote? Far from his native Russia, amongst the cocktails and swimming pools of Beverly Hills, he looked back over a long life and created the Symphonic Dances: three sumptuous, emotionally charged movements filled with joys, regrets and those unforgettable Rachmaninov melodies. It’s a wonderful way to end our season, and the perfect calling-card for a major Russian orchestra on tour – and under its distinguished new chief conductor Thomas Sanderling, the Russian Philharmonic of Novosibirsk is forging an international reputation as one of the very finest.

Violinist Alexander Sitkovetsky is British, but he’s got Russian heritage, and one critic described his interpretation of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto as “both exciting and intuitive”. This should catch fire. But first, a musical postcard from a Russian abroad: Rimsky-Korsakov’s Capriccio Espagnol launches the evening in a blaze of rhythm, colour and pure Mediterranean sunshine.

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