Travel through the milestones of Russian Romanticism with maestro Dmitri Jurowski as your knowledgeable guide. Glinka, Mussorgsky, Rimsky-Korsakov and Tchaikovsky: four great Russian masters and opera composers from the 19th century combined in a single programme!
A distinctive Russian voice in the music of the 19th century was not determined by the degree to which one's own folklore claimed pride of place, but rather by the merging of influences from Russian folk music with techniques and forms from Western musical art. Mikhail Glinka and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky were two composers who excelled in this original blend and who brought Russian music to worldwide fame. In this concert, put together by maestro Dmitri Jurowski, they share the stage with Modest Mussorgsky who, in comparison with his colleagues, had a stronger focus on Russian folk music. Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Russia's most brilliant symphonic composer from the Romantic tradition, is represented with his own orchestration of Modest Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov, performed by the Russian bass Alexey Tikhomirov. Last season he touched the hearts of many an opera-goer with his unforgettable performance as Dosifei in Khovanshchina (Mussorgsky).
Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5 in E minor, opus 64, is typical of the free approach that Russian composers took to the Western musical tradition. This particular Symphony may be marked by a recurring ‘fate motif’, but we are still far removed from the finely wrought symphonic form as practised by Beethoven. Tchaikovsky asserts himself as a born lyricist, combining a multitude of conflicting emotions in a virtuoso orchestral palette. It is he who, by selecting a waltz as intermezzo, gives a place to ballet music in the symphonic form.