Moscow State Symphony Orchestra
Wed 22 May 2013, 8pm
Butterworth Hall: £11.50 - £36, Under 26s £12 (+ booking fee)
Conductor: Pavel Kogan
Musicians: Cello – Nina Kotova
Composer: Khachaturian, Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky
Khachaturian – Waltz from Masquerade
Khachaturian – Adagio from Spartacus
Shostakovich – Cello Concerto No.1
Tchaikovsky – Symphony No.6 Pathetique
Maybe it’s the life-and-death brass playing; maybe it’s the raw intensity of the strings. Maybe it’s the fact that every single player puts body and soul into this music. But one thing’s for sure: once you’ve heard Tchaikovsky played by a Russian orchestra, everything else seems tame.
In the final concert of our season, we’re thrilled to welcome a true legend, conductor Pavel Kogan, in the greatest of all Russian symphonies. With its delirious highs and pitch- black despair, Tchaikovsky’s Sixth is never less than overwhelming; but tonight’s performance should be in a class of its own. And that goes double for Shostakovich’s First Cello Concerto, performed tonight by Nina Kotova, a player born and bred in the great Russian tradition.
Two of Khachaturian’s most tuneful hits should whet the palate nicely – but trust us, when you hear the way Kogan and the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra play them, you won’t be thinking of The Onedin Line.
Conference Room 6.45pm. Tickets £2, Subscribers £1
Paul McGrath and Lucy Griffiths of the University of Warwick Music Centre talk about tonight’s programme.
With a maximum capacity of 2000 standing or 1500 seated this concert hall has an outstanding natural acoustic and is the home of our International Concert Series, as well as the majority of our music gigs and big name comedians. Butterworth Hall has recently had a £6.9 million redevelopment and reopened in autumn 2009 .
Part of Concert Series 2012/13
Past events from Concert Series 2012/13
10 Oct 2012
24 Oct 2012
22 Nov 2012
28 Nov 2012
16 Jan 2013
25 Jan 2013
03 Feb 2013
26 Feb 2013
14 Mar 2013
24 Apr 2013
12 Jun 2013