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Jane Jones presents three special concerts by the Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, conducted by Valery Gergiev.
Opening in 1860, the Mariinsky became the preeminent music theatre of late 19th century Russia, where many of the stage masterpieces of Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky, and Rimsky-Korsakov received their premieres. Through most of the Soviet era, it was known as the Kirov Theatre. Today, the Mariinsky Theatre is home to the Mariinsky Ballet, Mariinsky Opera and Mariinsky Orchestra. Gergiev has served as the theatre's general director since 1988.
Monday 13 October
Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture Opus 49
Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.2 in C minor Opus 18
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.6 in B minor Opus 74, ‘Pathetique’
Tuesday 14 October
A host of orchestral favourites including Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No.1 played by Daniil Trifonov.
Wagner: Ride of the Valkyries
Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No.1 in B-flat minor Opus 23
Borodin: Prince Igor – Overture and Polovtsian Dances
Rimsky-Korsakov: The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.4 in F minor Opus 36
Wednesday 15 October
An exciting all-Russian programme, bookended by dances from Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin and including Rachmaninov's third Piano Concerto, performed by Denis Matsuev.
Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin - Polonaise
Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.3 in D minor Opus 30
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.5 in E minor Opus 64
Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin - Entr'acte and Waltz