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Cadogan Hall

Mariinsky Orchestra

Sunday 8 & Monday 9 October

Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra returned to Cadogan Hall with two programmes celebrating the music of Rimsky-Korsakov and his most famous pupil Stravinsky.

Rimsky-Korsakov’s Suite from The Tale of Tsar Saltan is best known for its orchestral showpiece Flight of the Bumblebee, and the Suite from The Golden Cockerel is no less colourful and virtuosic.

Both programmes finished with major works linked to the Mariinsky, Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes. Stravinsky’s dazzling ballet score The Firebird, commissioned by Diaghilev, shot him to instant fame. Rimsky-Korsakov’s glorious symphonic poem Scheherazade, based on Tales of the Arabian Nights, was itself turned into a well-loved ballet for Diaghilev.

Sunday 8 October

Rimsky-Korsakov Suite from The Golden Cockerel
Stravinsky Symphony in C
Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade

Valery Gergiev conductor

Monday 9 October

Rimsky-Korsakov Suite from The Tale of Tsar Saltan
Stravinsky Violin Concerto in D
Stravinsky Suite from The Firebird

Valery Gergiev conductor
Kristóf Baráti violin