- Azerbaijan Capriccio
- Piano Concerto after Arabian Themes
- Petrushka (1947)
- Farhad Badalbeyli
- Dmitry Yablonsky
A colourful programme featuring two rare gems from Azerbaijan composer Fikret Amirov. Overlooking the Caspian Sea, Azerbaijan is a cultural melting pot bubbling with influences from Eastern Europe, Western Asia and the Middle East. Fusing Azerbaijani folk-music with powerful orchestration, Amirov transports us to his homeland in the mysterious Azerbaijan Capriccio and exotic Piano Concerto, which was influenced by Arabic music.
The piano is also featured in Stravinsky’s ballet Petrushka, a mesmerising depiction of an unfortunate Russian puppet. Written early in the 20th century and revised in 1947, this is a masterpiece full of intricate rhythms and inventive orchestration.
6.15pm Main auditorium
The Mountains of Gabala; a 30-minute film documenting the city of Gabala and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s residency at the Gabala International Music Festival, featuring Dmitry Yablonsky and pianist Farhad Badalbeyli, Artistic Directors of Gabala Festival.
Free for all concert ticket holders.