Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto
Prokofiev Romeo and Juliet
It shouldn’t work, but it really does. In Stalin’s Russia, Prokofiev took Romeo and Juliet and without using a single one of Shakespeare’s words, transformed it into a ballet as strong as steel and as tender as young love itself – packed with punchy melodies, dazzling colours, untamed passion and heart-breaking beauty. It’s one of the supreme masterpieces of 20th century music, but believe us: until you’ve heard it played live by a genuine Russian orchestra, you haven’t really heard it at all!
St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra is the real thing, and with the distinguished British conductor Ben Palmer on the podium, its impassioned strings, characterful woodwind and fiery brass section will make Prokofiev’s vision spring thrillingly to life. First, though, experience the stirring patriotic struggles of Sibelius’s Finlandia – and hear East meet West, as former BBC Young Musician Jennifer Pike joins the St Petersburgers in Tchaikovsky’s gloriously tuneful Violin Concerto.