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St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra

Repertoire

Vaughan Williams
Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis
Rachmaninov
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
Rachmaninov
Symphony No.2

Performers

Alexander Dmitriev
conductor
Freddy Kempf
piano

The world famous St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra celebrated its 80th anniversary last year, over 30 years with Chief Conductor Alexander Dmitriev, and we are very proud to have them here to open the Zurich International Concert Series 2012-13.

British pianist – Freddy Kempf – needs no introduction; a firm favourite at Cadogan Hall he plays to sell – out audiences all over the world. His performance of Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini has been described by critics as ‘dynamic’ and ‘brilliant’. The concert ends with Rachmaninov’s Second Symphony – a richly scored, full-blooded masterpiece which contains some of his finest music.

Part of Zurich International Concert Series 2012-13.}

6.30pm: Pre-concert music by RCM students in the Culford Room
Vaughan Williams: Romance (for viola & piano)
Rachmaninov: Trio élégiaque No.1 in G minor (for piano trio)

{Performers: Elizabeth Boyce, viola, pianist tba, Skazki Trio – Margaret Dziekonski, violin, Sofiko Tvauri, cello, Maria Razumovskaya, piano}

Part of Zurich International Concert Series 2012-13

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‘In Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, pianist Freddy Kempf’s playing was also notable for its clarity and bristling precision, born of sinewy finger strength, and with phrases of deftly moulded shape. It was precision of tonal control and dynamism rather than force that enabled Kempf to cut through the orchestra – there was transparent brilliance but no bludgeoning force.’

Sydney Morning Herald

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