- Symphony No. 1
- Cello Concerto No. 1
- Symphony No. 6 (Pathétique)
- Alexander Dmitriev
- Natalie Clein
BRIT Award-winning cellist Natalie Clein, described by The Times as a ‘mesmerising’ cellist who ‘plays everything with passion’, guarantees an unforgettable performance of Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto No. 1, considered to be the greatest of all cello concertos.
Formed in 1931 and initially called the Leningrad Radio Orchestra, the St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra became revolutionary in the major Russian city now known as St Petersburg, for broadcasting music during World War II.
Tonight the orchestra, conducted by Alexander Dmitriev, performs Tchaikovsky’s sixth and final symphony, which brings with it a number of emotions. The composition premiered just nine days before the composer’s death and has since stirred much speculation, due to its unusual form and level of intensity. The composer hinted to his friends and admirers that the work might contain secret messages, but he never told them what they were. ‘Let them guess,’ he said.
Part of the Zurich International Orchestra Series 2014-15
From 6.30pm: Pre-concert music by Royal College of Music students
The Machado Quartet performs Mozart’s Oboe Quartet, K. 370 and Britten’s Phantasy Quartet.
On Natalie Clein’s recording of the Saint-Saëns concertos:
‘She finds a golden timbre and fleet elegance… This is as close as you’ll get to musical champagne; I’ve a feeling Saint-Saens would have approved.’
— (BBC Music Magazine)
‘Natalie Clein is a comprehensively gifted player who performs these pieces with an ideal combination of warm-hearted expressiveness and astonishing technical agility. Warmly recommended.’
— (International Record Review)