Paganini Variations


Lahav Shani & Simon Trpčeski

Thu 28 Feb 2019 7.30pm - 9.40pm
Barbican Hall, London

WEILL Symphony No 2
RACHMANINOV Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
STRAVINSKY Petrushka (1947 version)

Lahav Shani conductor
Simon Trpčeski piano
London Symphony Orchestra

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The prodigiously gifted Lahav Shani conducts three meticulously crafted masterworks from 20th-century composers.

Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini shapes Paganini’s melody into a series of captivating variations. From the breakneck pace of the opening to the lyrical and serene variation 18, every twist and every take on the original theme showcases Rachmaninov’s breath-taking ingenuity.

Drawing upon fragments of Russian folk song, Stravinsky’s Petrushka tells a story of love, jealousy and revenge, with three warring puppets at the centre of the tale. Crushing and tragic, the piece heightens ancient melodies with elegance, nobility and a terrible power.


Read our interview with Lahav, discussing Kurt Weill and what it's like to step into Zubin Mehta's shoes as Music Director of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.


This performance is funded in part by the Kurt Weill Foundation for Music, Inc., New York, NY

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