Russian National Orchestra 1, 20 août 2016 19:45, Usher Hall
Karabits conducts Musorgsky, Mozart and Tchaikovsky
Famed for its gleaming sonic power and impeccable finesse, the Russian National Orchestra has quickly soared to become one of the world’s finest orchestras since its founding by eminent Russian pianist and conductor Mikhail Pletnev in 1990.
Following two celebrated concerts at Festival 2013, the Orchestra returns for a two-evening residency in the Usher Hall, with Pletnev as soloist in two contrasting piano concertos, and with a strong focus on the colourful, passionate music of its Russian homeland.
Under dynamic young Ukrainian conductor Kirill Karabits, the Orchestra presents Tchaikovsky’s joyful ‘Little Russian’ Symphony, a high-spirited romp through some of the country’s folk tunes. Pletnev is the soloist in the dark, defiant drama of Mozart’s brooding Piano Concerto No. 24, and Karabits opens the concert with two irresistibly foot-tapping numbers from Mussorgsky’s rustic opera Sorochinsky Fair.