Three giants of Russian music at the beginnings of their careers, two exciting new artists, one thrilling concert.
At three distinct moments in Russian history, three young composers emerged from their conservatory training, ambitious and eager to make a mark. Rachmaninoff's First Piano Concerto, written in the closing years of the empire, frames a glistening, Chopin-esque slow movement with virtuoso fireworks. Prokofiev's vivacious Classical Symphony was a cheeky experiment composed against the backdrop of the October Revolution. It turned out to be an instant hit and has remained an audience favourite. For Shostakovich, a child of the new Soviet era, his First Symphony was more than a graduation exercise – it was a phenomenal display of his staggering talent and an already unique voice. High-octane energy from three young giants.
Daniil Trifonov's performances are generously supported by the Berg Family Foundation.