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Three twentieth century Russian musical wonders are presented here, with Boris Belkin making his welcome third appearance with the RBSO in a performance of Prokofiev’s absorbing second violin concerto.  Lyadov’s best loved masterpiece expresses a mystical serenity which evokes gently stirring waters under starry skies, and made a huge impression when premiered in St. Petersburg in 1909. Dmitri Shostakovich famously wrote in a Moscow state newspaper that his monumental Symphony No. 5 was "… a Soviet artist's creative response to justified criticism" – a reaction to the recent artistic denunciation of him by the Communist Party.  It is impossible to know to what extent he genuinely meant this, but at the 1937 premiere by the Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra and the great Russian conductor Yevgeny Mravinsky, the towering masterpiece received a tumultuous ovation that lasted well over half an hour.  It was received enthusiastically by the public and official critics alike, cementing him firmly as one of the most revered composers in the Soviet Union. 

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Three twentieth century Russian musical wonders are presented here, with Boris Belkin making his welcome third appearance with the RBSO in a performance of Prokofiev’s absorbing second violin concerto.  Lyadov’s best loved masterpiece expresses a mystical serenity which evokes gently stirring waters under starry skies, and made a huge impression when premiered in St. Petersburg in 1909. Dmitri Shostakovich famously wrote in a Moscow state newspaper that his monumental Symphony No. 5 was "… a Soviet artist's creative response to justified criticism" – a reaction to the recent artistic denunciation of him by the Communist Party.  It is impossible to know to what extent he genuinely meant this, but at the 1937 premiere by the Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra and the great Russian conductor Yevgeny Mravinsky, the towering masterpiece received a tumultuous ovation that lasted well over half an hour.  It was received enthusiastically by the public and official critics alike, cementing him firmly as one of the most revered composers in the Soviet Union. 

Date

13 March 2021

Time

7:30 PM

Venue

Thailand Cultural Centre, Main Hall

Orchestra

RBSO

Conductor

Michel Tilkin

Soloist

Boris Belkin, Violin

Programme

Anatoly Lyadov:  
The Enchanted Lake  
Serge Prokofiev:  
Violin Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 63  
Dmitri Shostakovich:
Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47 

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