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Cadogan Hall 2019-2020

Mariinsky Orchestra

Valery Gergiev conductor

Monday 7 October 2019 7.30pm

Rimsky-Korsakov Mlada (Excerpts)
Ibert Flute Concerto*
Bizet-Borne Carmen Fantasy*
Berlioz Symphonie fantastique

*Matvey Demin flute
(Gold Medal winner for Woodwind – XVI International Tchaikovsky Competition)

Tuesday 8 October 2019 7.30pm

Berlioz   Romeo and Juliet (Excerpts)
Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1**
Rimsky-Korsakov  The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevroniya (Suite)

**Mao Fujita piano
(Silver Medal winner for Piano – XVI International Tchaikovsky Competition)

In these concerts at Cadogan Hall, Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra presented works by Berlioz and Rimsky-Korsakov, two composers famed for their vivid, kaleidoscopic and virtuosic orchestral writing.

Throughout 2019 the Mariinsky Theatre is marking 150th years since the death of Hector Berlioz, with performances of his major works in St Petersburg and on tour. In Cadogan Hall they perform his brilliant Symphonie Fantastique with its spine-tingling March to the Scaffold. In the second concert, extracts from Romeo and Juliet will include the tender Love Scene which contains some of the composer’s most sublime music.

The Mariinsky also continues its cycle of orchestral suites from the operas of Rimsky-Korsakov, this time with the transcendental Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and his rarely performed opera-ballet Mlada.

The prestigious International Tchaikovsky Competition, which takes place every four years in Moscow and St Petersburg, is universally recognised as one of the greatest platforms for the discovery of the most talented young artists emerging today. In 2015 Valery Gergiev presented some of that year’s Tchaikovsky winners to London audiences in two memorable, sell-out Mariinsky concerts at Cadogan Hall. The 2019 Tchaikovsky Competition took place in late June and all stages of the competition were streamed live on the internet, enabling audiences around the world to become acquainted with these talented young performers. Valery Gergiev has selected two of the winners to join the Mariinsky Orchestra for these concerts in Cadogan Hall.

‘The depth of sound from the Mariinsky players… was almost edible. Sometimes Russians just do it better.’ The Times