A horn calls softly, a piano dreams in the twilight, and Scriabin’s Piano Concerto begins its enchanted journey. That’s the centrepiece of the opening concert of our season: the finest piano concerto Rachmaninov never wrote, played by a soloist celebrated for his interpretations of the Russian piano repertoire. It’s a very different world from Shostakovich’s shattering Tenth Symphony. A heartfelt cry for freedom written under the shadow of Stalinism, it’s still one of the 20th century’s most overwhelming symphonic experiences. Donald Runnicles conducts, and opens the concert by whipping up a storm with Mussorgsky’s exciting orchestral showpiece.
Prelude: 3.00pm (free to ticket-holders)
Alexandra Smith from the University of Edinburgh discusses the cultural context of each of the composers in this concert.
Part ofBBC SSO 2014-15 Season
- Cancelled: BBC Radio 3 Chamber Music - James Ehnes plays the ‘Kreutzer’ Sonata2 Jun 2020 Glasgow City Halls
- Cancelled: Beethoven Roots Festival: Symphony No.921 May 2020 Glasgow City Halls
- Cancelled: Beethoven Roots Festival: Symphonies 6 & 820 May 2020 Glasgow City Halls
- Cancelled: Beethoven Roots Festival: Symphonies 5 & 419 May 2020 Glasgow City Halls