Shostakovich Symphony No 5
TCHAIKOVSKY Overture: Romeo and Juliet
PROKOFIEV Piano Concerto No 3
SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No 5
Valery Gergiev conductor
Denis Matsuev piano
London Symphony Orchestra
Tchaikovsky’s Overture to Romeo and Juliet was written at the insistence of his friend Mily Balakirev, who admired the love theme so much that he said ‘I play it often, and I want very much to hug you for it’. Prokofiev wrote Piano Concerto No 3 while spending the summer in Brittany – it displays his trademark intensely percussive keyboard style. The deceptive simplicity of Shostakovich’s Symphony No 5 ostensibly conforms to the demands of the Soviet State, while quietly mocking it through a series of musical quotations and allusions.
Change of programme
Please note the change of overture (Tchaikovsky Romeo & Juliet replaces Britten Four Sea Interludes) from that published in some early listings.
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