Prom 70: Rachmaninov and Rimsky-Korsakov
Andrew McGregor presents St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra under Yuri Temirkanov with Nikolai Lugansky (piano), recorded at the 2015 BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall, London.
St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra with soloist Nikolai Lugansky (piano) and conductor, Yuri Temirkanov. From the 2015 BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall, London. Presented by Andrew McGregor.
Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor
Nikolai Lugansky (piano)
St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra
Yuri Temirkanov (conductor)
Just over a decade since their most recent visit, the St Petersburg Philharmonic and its renowned Artistic Director and Chief Conductor, Yuri Temirkanov, returned to the Proms with a homegrown programme of Russian greats. Pianist Nikolai Lugansky is the soloist in Rachmaninov's most famous work, the Second Piano Concerto, with its lyrical slow movement and brilliant, virtuosic finale. Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade dissolves the magic and colour of the tales of the Thousand and One Nights into a glittering musical tapestry that the composer himself described as 'an oriental narrative of fairy-tale wonders'.