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Russian Masters

Rachmaninoff & Tchaikovsky

Australian premiere
Tchaikovsky at his best
Dates Wed 21 Nov, Fri 23 Nov, Sat 24 Nov Venue Sydney Opera House
Duration 2 hours (incl. 20-min interval)

Original Rachmaninoff in an Australian first and Tchaikovsky's Manfred Symphony.

Our 2012 season concludes with Ashkenazy's grand celebration of the music of Tchaikovsky over three weeks. To begin, Tchaikovsky's Manfred Symphony and a piano concerto by Rachmaninoff, the composer who took up the Romantic baton and carried it into the 20th century.

Sydney pianist Scott Davie brings inspired advocacy to the original version of Rachmaninoff's Fourth Piano Concerto. Torn by self-doubt, Rachmaninoff had a bad habit of revising his works, all too often cutting the heart out of the music - this is a chance to hear the fourth concerto in all the dark glamour and thrilling excitement of its original form.

Tchaikovsky's Manfred Symphony follows the Alpine wanderings of a Byronic hero torn by despair and anguish. Emotional torment, dramatic storytelling, glittering magical worlds... these are some of the things Tchaikovsky does best.

Russian Masters: Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky

Audio kindly supplied by Silver Partner Universal Music and by the Ondine label.

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PROGRAM
  • RACHMANINOFF Piano Concerto No.4 (Australian premiere of the original version)
  • TCHAIKOVSKY Manfred Symphony
Artists:
  • Vladimir Ashkenazy conductor
  • Scott Davie piano
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The perfect way to end your evening
Stay after the concert on Fri 23 Nov and grab a drink, mix and mingle with Sydney Symphony musicians and experience their talent up close with intimate post-concert music. In the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall Northern Foyer.
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