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BBC SO, Maxim Vengerov - Beethoven, Rimsky-Korsakov

Live from the Barbican, BBC SO, Maxim Vengerov (violin), Antonio Meneses (cello) and Igor Levit (piano) perform Beethoven's Triple Concerto. Plus Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade.

Russian virtuoso Maxim Vengerov joins the BBCSO to play the violin in Beethoven's Triple Concerto and Rimsky-Korsakov's Sheherazade

Live from the Barbican Centre, London
Presented by Petroc Trelawny

Beethoven: Triple Concerto for violin, cello and piano*

20.05 Interval: Petroc Trelawny's selection of interval music

Rimsky-Korsakov: Sheherazade

BBC Symphony Orchestra
Maxim Vengerov (violin/conductor)
Antonio Meneses (cello)
Igor Levit (piano)
Andrew Litton (conductor*)

Three of the best soloists working today join together to perform Beethoven's elegant Triple Concerto, with the celebrated Russian violin virtuoso Maxim Vengerov and his hand-picked choice of collaborators, under the direction of Andrew Litton. In his musical version of Sheherazade's night of magnificent tales, Rimsky-Korsakov conjured magic, propulsion and beauty in some of the most intoxicating orchestral music ever written. The young sultana Scheherazade can delay her daybreak execution only by diverting the sultan with magnificent stories. She tells him of The Sea and the Shipwreck on the Rock, The Young Prince and Princess and The Festival of Baghdad. In this concert, in a similarly astonishing show of skill and dexterity, Maxim Vengerov plays the violin solos and conducts the orchestra for the seat-pinning power of Rimsky-Korsakov's Sheherazade.

2 hours, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Modest Mussorgsky

    Songs and Dances of Death

    Singer: Henk Neven. Performer: Hans Eijsackers.


Role Contributor
Performer BBC Symphony Orchestra


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