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Alexander Vedernikov conducts Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky

Alexander Vedernikov conducts the BBC SSO in the 11th Symphony by Shostakovich; and they are joined by Denis Kozhukhin to perform Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No 1.

Live from City Halls Glasgow
Presented by Kate Molleson

Alexander Vedernikov conducts the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in the 11th Symphony by Shostakovich; and they are joined by Denis Kozhukhin to perform Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No 1.

Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No 1

0810 Interval

0830
Shostakovich: Symphony No 11 (The Year 1905)

Denis Kozhukhin (piano)
Alexander Vedernikov (conductor)
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Alexander Vedernikov conducts the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in two Russian works from either side of revolutionary events.

"Every single beggar in the whole of Little Russia sings exactly the same tune..." wrote Tchaikovsky, and he pinched that Ur-melody for the first movement of his super-lyrical piano concerto of 1847. And Russian street-songs also feature, with greater irony, in Shostakovich's 11th Symphony.

As we mark the centenary of the 1917 Revolution we hear Shostakovich's reflections on the earlier 1905 political unrest in the Russian Empire. Writing amid the tentative de-Stalinization of the mid 1950s, and during a period of intense personal unhappiness, an increasingly garlanded Shostakovich offers a typically ambiguous and kaleidoscopic work: conceived as a popular piece, its alarm bells nevertheless ring out a sharp critique of violence, and abuses of dictatorial power.

2 hours, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Piano Concerto No.1

    Conductor: Alexander Vedernikov. Orchestra: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.
  • Arthur LouriĆ©

    The Voice of the Muse

    Performer: Natalia Guerassimova.
  • Galina Ustvolskaya

    Piano Sonata No.4

    Performer: Frank Denyer.
  • Dmitry Shostakovich

    Symphony No.11

    Orchestra: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Alexander Vedernikov.
  • Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

    Russian Easter Festival Overture

    Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Charles Dutoit.
    • ONYX.

Credit

Role Contributor
Performer BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

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