Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, 7 août 2016 18:00, Usher Hall
Seething passions and the turmoil of forbidden love lie at the heart of this concert from the celebrated Rome-based Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, under Music Director Sir Antonio Pappano.
Powerhouse Russian pianist Boris Berezovsky, known for both his formidable energy and his poetic sensitivity, is the soloist in his compatriot Rachmaninov’s voluptuous Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. It combines surging energy with the composer’s characteristic heart-rending melody to unforgettable expressive effect.
The Orchestra and Pappano bookend Rachmaninov’s sublime Rhapsody with two of music’s greatest love stories. Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet is a stormy orchestral evocation of scenes from Shakespeare’s great tragedy. And Schoenberg’s early Pelleas und Melisande takes Maeterlinck’s elusive symbolist play as inspiration for a passionate and achingly melodic symphony in all but name.