Part of RPO 12/13Tuesday 16 October 2012
Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky: A Night on the Bare Mountain orch. Rimsky-Korsakov
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No.1
Dmitry Shostakovich: Symphony No.5 in D minor
A feast of Russian music, opening with Mussorgsky's thrilling Night on a Bare Mountain - a depiction of the Witches' Sabbath that brims with magic and mischief.
Mussorgsky described the piece to his friend Rimsky-Korsakov, who completed the orchestration - 'The form and character of my work are Russian and original... hot-blooded and disordered.'
Shostakovich came under fire for his own hot-blooded and disordered music, which attacked the Russian regime. In the Fifth Symphony he toned down this style, finding new, subtle ways of satirising the state.
These fascinating works frame the ravishing First Piano Concerto by Tchaikovsky, which boasts one of the most famous of all opening themes.Performers
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Andrew Litton conductor
Natasha Paremski piano