From Russia With Life
Saturday 11 March, 7.30pm
The Concourse, Chatswood
409 Victoria Av, Chatswood, 2067 Directions
Kabalevsky: The Comedians
Shostakovich: Piano Concerto No 2
Rachmaninoff: Symphonic Dances
In our opening concert for 2017, Ku-ring-gai Philharmonic Orchestra is joined by the acclaimed Australian pianist Tamara-Anna Cislowska in a performance of Shostakovich's Piano Concerto No. 2. Cislowska is a regular guest of orchestras and festivals worldwide, and has recorded for ABC Classics, Tall Poppies, Chandos, Naxos, Artworks and MDG. She has received four ARIA nominations and all seven of her solo albums have reached the top 10 in the classical charts. Shostakovich’s Second Concerto is an ideal showcase for her renowned virtuosity and musical sensitivity. Composed as a birthday present for Shostakovich's son Maxim, it is a work full of rhythmic vitality and memorable themes.
The concert opens with Kabalevsky’s whimsical suite The Comedians. Drawn from incidental music that he composed for the Central Children's Theatre in Moscow, this suite of ten short movements includes some of Kabalevsky's most famous melodies, and is undoubtedly one of his most popular works.
Our all-Russian program is completed with Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances. This was Rachmaninoff's last completed composition, composed in the USA and dedicated to the Philadelphia Orchestra, who gave its première just two years before the composer's death. A massive and nostalgic work, the Symphonic Dances includes quotes from several of Rachmaninoff's earlier compositions, along with a final appearance by the Dies Irae theme, a chant melody associated with the Mass for the Dead which Rachmaninoff referenced throughout his career. The orchestration is vast, and notably includes a substantial saxophone solo in the first movement.