Russian National Orchestra 2, 21 août 2016 20:00, Usher Hall
Pletnev plays Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Concerto
The intense emotional outpouring of Rachmaninov’s passionate Second Piano Concerto forms the centrepiece of the second concert from the esteemed Russian National Orchestra at Festival 2016.
Known to millions through its use in the classic movie Brief Encounter, the Concerto is a soulful, romantic piece, full of churning Russian melodies and sparkling piano writing. The Russian National Orchestra’s founder, pianist and conductor Mikhail Pletnev, makes his second Festival appearance as soloist.
Conductor Kirill Karabits closes the concert with the heavy perfumes and sumptuous atmosphere of Scriabin’s dramatic Second Symphony, combining birdsong and the sounds of nature with swirling colours and fervent melody. He opens with the moving Elegy composed by Ukrainian composer Valentin Silvestrov, based around unfinished sketches by his composer father, Ivan Karabits.