3rd Symphony Concert //
Our 3rd Symphony Concert is devoted solely to Russia – which means warm
instrumental colouration, emotional intensity and flourishing orchestral sound. Prokofiev composed his »Russian Overture« in 1936, the year he returned home after what felt like almost two decades of exile in New York and Paris.
The piano virtuoso Boris Giltburg is the soloist in Rachmaninov’s »Paganini Rhapsody«, written in 1934 in the USA and based on Paganini’s 24th »Caprice«, from which Brahms and Liszt had also drawn inspiration for variations of their own. Judging by its temperament, it is a Russian work through and through!
The same holds for the first symphony by the 26-year-old Tchaikovsky, whose characteristic style and melodic structure are rooted in Russian folk songs. In terms of form, Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Schumann served as role models, while Glinka’s influence is reflected in the orchestral sound – a perfect mixture that combines to form Tchaikovsky’s inimitable symphonic intonation.