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Prom 68: Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, the Mariinsky Orchestra play Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich, conducted by Valery Gergiev.

Live at BBC Proms: The Mariinsky Orchestra play Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich, conducted by Valery Gergiev.
Live from the Royal Albert Hall

Presented by Sara Mohr-Pietsch

Prokofiev: Cantata for the Twentieth Anniversary of the October Revolution, Op 74
Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 3 in E flat major

8.15: Interval: 'The Noise of Time' by Julian Barnes
Before the Proms performance of Shostakovitch's Fifth Symphony, Julian Barnes reads from his recently acclaimed novel about the composer.

What has he written? Is the question to himself? What will he be remembered for? Four symphonies, one piano concerto, some orchestral suites ... All this retrospection is brought on by his visit to the Big House, where he will questioned by Interrogator Zakrevsky.

Producer Duncan Minshull

8.40
Shostakovich: Symphony No 5 in D minor

Denis Matsuev, piano
Mariinsky Chorus
Mariinsky Orchestra
Valery Gergiev, conductor

Who better than Russia's foremost opera orchestra and chorus to mark the centenary of the Russian Revolution? Along with Artistic Director Valery Gergiev they perform Prokofiev's epic Cantata for the 20th Anniversary of the October Revolution - a work that captures the violence of the Bolshevik Revolution and the birth of the Soviet Union in bold orchestral textures and rich, folk-infused choral writing.
The cruelty of the Stalinist regime is captured in Shostakovich's evocative Fifth Symphony, and regular collaborator Denis Matsuev joins the orchestra as soloist in Tchaikovsky's final work - the single-movement Piano Concerto No. 3.

2 hours, 45 minutes

Music and featured items

  • Part 1

    Duration: 01:19:02

  • Sergei Prokofiev

    Cantata for the Twentieth Anniversary of the October Revolution, Op 74

    Choir: Mariinsky Chorus. Orchestra: Mariinsky Orchestra. Conductor: Valery Gergiev.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Piano Concerto No. 3 in E flat major (Proms 2017)

    Performer: Denis Matsuev. Orchestra: Mariinsky Orchestra. Conductor: Valery Gergiev.
  • Anatoly Konstantinovich Lyadov

    A Musical snuff-box (Proms 2017)

    Performer: Denis Matsuev.
  • Interval

    Julian Barnes reads from 'The Noise of Time', his acclaimed novel about Shostakovich

    Duration: 21:31

  • Part 2

    Duration: 53:07

  • Dmitry Shostakovich

    Symphony No 5 in D minor (Proms 2017)

    Orchestra: Mariinsky Orchestra. Conductor: Valery Gergiev.
  • Anatoly Konstantinovich Lyadov

    Baba-Yaga (Proms 2017)

    Orchestra: Mariinsky Orchestra. Conductor: Valery Gergiev.

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