Kian Soltani (RPO Artist in Residence 2019) - Cello
Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Borodin and Glazunov
GLAZUNOV Concert Waltz No.1
PROKOFIEV Sinfonia Concertante
BORODIN Prince Igor: Polovtsian Dances
SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No.9
Inspired by his teachers Borodin and Glazunov, the opening concert of the 360° series features Shostakovich and the works that were instrumental in forming the radical Russian composer's music, presented and conducted by Alexander Shelley.
Whilst Borodin and Glazunov demonstrate the rich Russian traditions produced in the nineteenth century, it is perhaps with Shostakovich's contemporary Prokofiev that comparisons are most readily drawn. Prokofiev enjoyed popularity in his day as a modern, adaptable voice that in works such as his Sinfonia Concertante, written for cello and orchestra, resonates with a unique versatility of tone, expression and technical challenge. Shostakovich's legacy has taken a different course of a composer heavily affected by political demand. In navigating the harsh realities of the Second World War and appeasement of the Soviet regime came his Symphony No.9, an abstract expression of hope for a nation ravaged by war.
This concert is preceded by an RPO Prelude at 6.15pm.
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