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Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra

Add to my Calendar 13-05-2017 19:30 13-05-2017 21:30 36 Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra When Tchaikovsky was commissioned to write his first ballet in 1875, he reformed ballet music forever;Swan Lake was the first ballet with development and continuity in the music as well as on stage and is now recognised as the greatest and most recognised ballet score ever.Rachmaninov’s Third Piano Concerto is one of the most technically demanding piano pieces ever written, so much so that the pianist for whom it was written, Josef Hofmann, denied that the work was written for him! The concerto features in the 1996 film, Shine, where the main character suffers a breakdown whilst practising the piece for a competition.Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition was written as a tribute to his friend, Victor Hartmann. The composer was visiting an exhibition of his friend’s work when he decided to write a suite of piano pieces depicting a visit to an art gallery, viewing ten of Hartmann’s paintings. Most of these paintings are now lost, but it is thought that they included ‘Sketch of theatre costumes for ballet’, ‘Paris Catacombs’ and ‘The hut of Baba- Yaga on hen’s legs’. The ten pieces are linked by ‘Promenade’ movements and the whole suite was orchestrated by Ravel in 1922.'Art is not an end in itself, but a means of addressing humanity.' Mussorgsky  Leeds Town Hall, Leeds DD/MM/YYYY

Details

Leeds Town Hall
The Headrow
Leeds
LS1 3AD
England


Programme

Pyotr TchaikovskySwan Lake Suite, Op.20a
Modest MussorgskyPictures at an Exhibition
Sergei RachmaninovPiano Concerto no.3, Op.30

Performers

Freddy Kempf – piano
Yuri Simonov – conductor

Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra

Programme Note

When Tchaikovsky was commissioned to write his first ballet in 1875, he reformed ballet music forever;Swan Lake was the first ballet with development and continuity in the music as well as on stage and is now recognised as the greatest and most recognised ballet score ever.

Rachmaninov’s Third Piano Concerto is one of the most technically demanding piano pieces ever written, so much so that the pianist for whom it was written, Josef Hofmann, denied that the work was written for him! The concerto features in the 1996 film, Shine, where the main character suffers a breakdown whilst practising the piece for a competition.

Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition was written as a tribute to his friend, Victor Hartmann. The composer was visiting an exhibition of his friend’s work when he decided to write a suite of piano pieces depicting a visit to an art gallery, viewing ten of Hartmann’s paintings. Most of these paintings are now lost, but it is thought that they included ‘Sketch of theatre costumes for ballet’, ‘Paris Catacombs’ and ‘The hut of Baba- Yaga on hen’s legs’. The ten pieces are linked by ‘Promenade’ movements and the whole suite was orchestrated by Ravel in 1922.

'Art is not an end in itself, but a means of addressing humanity.' Mussorgsky
 

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