The legendary St. Petersburg Philharmonic this week. Recorded in Paris during a European tour at Theatre des Champs-Elysées on November 9, 2016.
All-Russian program this week. The orchestra is joined by pianist Boris Berezovsky in performance of the Rachmaninov 3rd Piano Concerto. The Concerto starts off the concert, and then continues with a performance of the Rite of Spring by Igor Stravinsky and ends with an encore; Prelude to The Invisible City Of Kitezh by Rimsky-Korsakov.
Formerly the Leningrad Philharmonic, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic has had a long and prestigious career, going back some 120 years and several name changes along the way. Their most memorable period was during the 1940s to 1960s when they were under the leadership of Evgeny Mravinsky. They became world famous based on their recordings and some of the broadcasts which were aired via Radio Moscow and their transcription services. They toured very seldom and were renamed the St. Petersburg Philharmonic after the dissolution of the Soviet Union when the former Leningrad went back to its original name.
The concert comes just a shade under an hour and 20 minutes – and here is what’s on the player:
Programme du Concert
Serge Rachmaninoff (1873-1943)
Concerto pour piano et orchestre n° 3 en ré mineur op. 30
. Allegro ma non troppo
. Intermezzo : Adagio
. Finale : Alla breve
Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)
Le Sacre du printemps
. L’adoration de la Terre Introduction – Les Augures printaniers – Danse des Adolescentes – Jeu du rapt – Rondes printanières – Jeux des cités rivales – Cortège du Sage, le Sage – Danse de la Terre
. Le Sacrifice Introduction – Cercles mystérieux des Adolescentes – Glorification de l’Elue – Evocation des Ancêtres – Action rituelle des Ancêtres – Danse sacrale
Nikolaï Andreïevitch Rimski-Korsakov
Prélude de La légende de la ville invisible de Kitège
Orchestre Philharmonique de Saint-Pétersbourg
Yuri Temirkanov, direction
Boris Berezovsky, piano
A concert of familiar music, done very well and certainly qualifies for Anti-Road Rage Wednesday.