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Milton Court

Mariinsky Chamber Series 2013-14

In 2013-14 the Mariinsky is delighted to participate in the inaugural season of London’s new chamber concert hall, Milton Court, situated next to the Barbican Centre. As part of its classical music programme, the Barbican will present 40 chamber concerts per season at Milton Court, which will also become a fantastic new facility for the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. For this opening season, Valery Gergiev has chosen to showcase a different side of the Mariinsky, presenting concerts by three Mariinsky chamber ensembles. These ensembles each comprise principal musicians from the string, wind and brass sections of the Mariinsky Orchestra. The series will be launched by Valery Gergiev, conducting the Mariinsky Stradivarius Ensemble.BP-UK-tour-logo-cropped



4 November 2013, 7.30pm – Mariinsky Stradivarius Ensemble
Conductor: Valery Gergiev

Grieg Holberg Suite
Strauss Metamorphosen
Shostakovich Chamber Symphony Op.110a

Music for strings like you’ve never heard it before: the very best string players from the Mariinsky Orchestra on some of the world’s very best instruments, at one of London’s newest concert venues.

The Mariinsky Stradivarius Ensemble has a sound like none other, thanks to the fact that they are lucky enough to play on some of the most famous and historic instruments by Stradivari, Amati, Guarneri, Gofriller and others. Valery Gergiev, their founder, conducts his renowned ensemble in music of strength, depth, beauty and brittle energy.

“Try to imagine your favourite combination of power, softness and luxury — dark chocolate and whipped cream, iron fists in velvet gloves, a sports car lined in rich leather — and you can begin to imagine the experience of hearing the Stradivarius Ensemble of the Mariinsky Orchestra.” John Terauds Musical Toronto (October 2012)


February 19, 2014 – Mariinsky Brass Ensemble

Rimsky-Korsakov – “Procession of the Nobles” from Mlada (arr. Keith Snell)
Mussorgsky – Fantasy on themes Khovanshchina (arr. Alexei Repnikov & Evgeni Petrov)
Bizet/Shchedrin – Carmen Suite


March 20, 2014 – Mariinsky Wind Quintet

Paul Taffanel Quintet in g minor
György Ligeti Six Bagatelles
Darius Milhaud Suite “La cheminée du roi René” Op.205
W. A. Mozart Fantasia in f minor for mechanical organ KV 608 (arranged for wind quintet)
Evgeny Petrov The Premiere (2002)