Kozhukhin Plays Rachmaninov’s Third Piano Concerto
with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Thursday 18 April 2013, 7.30pm
City Halls, Candleriggs, Glasgow G1 1NQ
Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.3 (c.37')
Britten Sinfonia da Requiem (c.21')
Shostakovich Symphony No.9 (c.27')
Denis Kozhukhin piano
Donald Runnicles conductor
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
"I need the sound of the trampling of steel-shod boots", Shostakovich told the first performers of his Ninth Symphony - but this startlingly irreverent "pseudo-comedy" certainly wasn't the victory march the Soviet authorities were expecting, any more than Britten's passionately anti-war Sinfonia da Requiem was what its Imperial Japanese commissioners had ordered. This thought-provoking programme from Donald Runnicles opens in a different world: it took a composer of supreme confidence to write Rachmaninov's sweeping Third Piano Concerto, and it takes a pianist of unparalleled gifts to make it soar. Anyone who heard Denis Kozhukhin's acclaimed Prokofiev piano concerto cycle last season will have no concerns on that count.
PRE-CONCERT PRELUDE CANCELLED (11.45 on 18/04/13) Regrettably, due to travel disruption in London, Colin Matthews has had to cancel his scheduled pre-concert talk. As a consequence the talk listed below will NOT take place.
[Prelude: 6.45pm in the Recital Room (free to ticket-holders, limited seating availability)
As part of the Britten 100 celebrations, composer Colin Matthews, chairman of the Britten Estate discusses Britten and his works, in conversation with Jamie MacDougall (free to ticket holders - limited seating availability).]
Post-Concert Coda (approximately 10 minutes after the main concert)
Denis Kozhukhin performs Britten's Night-Piece (Notturno) and his Variations for Piano of 1965.
PLEASE NOTE (16/04/13): the concert has now sold out "returns" only.
The main concert will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 - presented by Jamie MacDougall.
How to get there
- The nearest subway station is St Enoch, which is approximately a ten-minute walk from the venues.
- Many local service buses pass close by City Halls and the Old Fruitmarket, either along Trongate or Glassford Street. Most are operated by First Bus.
- Queen Street and Central Stations are a ten-minute walk from the venues. For information on rail travel within the UK, National Rail is the official source for all rail information, train times and timetables.
- On the M8 motorway, take junction 15, turn left onto Castle Street following signs for the Royal Infirmary/East Kilbride/A730. Castle Street becomes High Street and at the fourth set of traffic lights, turn right onto Ingram Street. Candleriggs is the second street on the left. The nearest car parks is the Q-Park on Albion Street which offers parking deals for our customers – call the box office on 0141 353 8000 for more details.
- The Grand Hall at City Halls is accessible to those with mobility difficulties. A lift from the Candleriggs entrance gives access to all levels. Our Concert Halls are fitted with infra-red assisted hearing systems which are specially designed for use in large auditoria. Please notify the Box Office when booking.