The Mariinsky Theatre Trust is grateful to BP for its ten-year support of the Mariinsky UK touring programme. This partnership builds on the strong relationship already established between BP Russia and the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg and forms part of BP's cultural programme in the UK.

Mariinsky & RSNO

Wednesday 23 August 2017, 7.30pm
Usher Hall, Lothian Road, Edinburgh, EH1 2EA

Mariinsky Orchestra
Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Valery Gergiev

Prokofiev Symphony No 1 in D ‘Classical’
Britten Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge
Shostakovich Symphony No 4

Only at the Edinburgh International Festival could you experience two of the world’s finest orchestras in a single concert.

Powerhouse conductor, Valery Gergiev, here conducts both: his own Mariinsky Orchestra from St Petersburg and Scotland’s own Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Each performs a masterpiece from the 20th century: the Mariinsky in the wit and charm of Prokofiev’s ‘Classical’ Symphony and the RSNO in the remarkable evocations of Britten’s Frank Bridge Variations.

Both orchestras join forces for the overwhelming power of Shostakovich’s Fourth Symphony, whose shattering climaxes demand the most gargantuan forces the composer ever wrote for.

This concert will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 at a future date.

Supported by Dunard Fund