Introducing Kalinnikov Symphony No.1
Watch our short introduction to the main themes of Kalinnikov's Symphony No. 1
Royal Festival Hall 2013/14
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‘With his First Symphony, the short-lived tuberculosis-claimed Kalinnikov left us a delightful and delicious work, full of beauty and ingenuity, the first movement containing one of the loveliest of melodies, of ardour and bloom, shaped with the greatest of affection and largesse by Vänskä and the LPO … Vänskä and the LPO, in their smart, dynamic and outgoing performance, surely made this assured and loveable piece many new friends.’
Colin Anderson, Classical Source, 20 February 2014
Sparkle and Swagger
Pivotal music from 20th-century greats
Balakirev Islamey (Oriental Fantasy)
Khachaturian Piano Concerto
Kalinnikov Symphony No. 1
Osmo Vänskä conductor
Marc-André Hamelin piano
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Forced out of music college, dismissed by his compositional elders and struggling with tuberculosis, Vassily Kalinnikov was staring both death and failure in the face when his First Symphony was premiered in Kiev in 1897. But that soon changed, and this momentous and haunting piece handed Kalinnikov a brief taste of success before his tragically early death just four years later. Four decades after that came the first performance of Aram Khachaturian’s Piano Concerto in Moscow – a piece whose unusual sonorities and sparkling, swaggering brilliance proved just as pivotal.
Free pre-concert event | 6.15pm–6.45pm | Royal Festival Hall
David Nice discusses the evening’s programme.
This evening's performance will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and available for one week on BBC iPlayer.
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