Rimsky-Korsakov Russian Easter Overture
Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.3
Tchaikovsky Symphony No.4
From the moment that its opening fanfares shatter the silence, you can tell that Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony means business. Convinced that Fate itself was out to destroy him, Tchaikovsky poured everything into this shattering symphony: a no-holds-barred emotional autobiography, told in music of uncompromising melody and drama. So if you wanted to choose the ideal interpreters for this most Russian of symphonies – well, in the words of the critic and broadcaster Norman Lebrecht, “The Siberian Symphony Orchestra, conductor Dmitry Vasiliev, play as if their lives depend on it”.
Based in Omsk, the Siberian Symphony Orchestra is one of the world’s most remote orchestras, but it’s absolutely drenched in the great Russian tradition, and this is a rare chance to hear it in the west: playing Rimsky-Korsakov’s colourful celebration of the Russian Easter, and joining Britain’s own Freddy Kempf in the towering, typically Russian masterpiece they call the “Everest of piano concertos”.