London Philharmonic - Balakirev, Khachaturian, Kalinnikov
Live from the Royal Festival Hall in London, London Philharmonic/Osmo Vanska. Balakirev: Islamey. Khachaturian: Piano Concerto (with Marc-Andre Hamelin). Kalinnikov: Symphony No 1.
The London Philharmonic Orchestra play Balakirev's Islamey, Khachaturian's Piano Concerto (with Marc-André Hamelin) and Kalinnikov's Symphony No 1.
Live from the Royal Festival Hall
Presented by Martin Handley
Mily Alexeyevich Balakirev: Islamey, oriental fantasy
Aram Ilyich Khachaturian: Piano Concerto
Vasily Sergeyevich Kalinnikov: Symphony No.1
Marc-André Hamelin, piano
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Osmo Vänskä conductor
Forced out of music college, dismissed by his compositional elders and struggling with tuberculosis, Vassily Kalinnikov was staring failure in the face when his First Symphony premiered in Kiev in 1897.
But that soon changed, and this momentous and haunting piece handed Kalinnikov a brief taste of success before his tragically early death just four years later.
Four decades after that came the first performance of Aram Khachaturian's Piano Concerto in Moscow -- a piece whose unusual sonorities and sparkling, swaggering brilliance proved just as pivotal.