GLINKA Ruslan and Ludmila Overture
RACHMANINOV Piano Concerto No.2
SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No.5
With glorious melodies and divine harmonies, itís no wonder Rachmaninovís Piano Concerto No.2 is regarded by many as one of the greatest. Recreating these memorable moments is the young virtuoso Alessio Bax. A dazzling curtain raiser, Glinkaís whirlwind Overture to Ruslan and Ludmila has an exclusive combination of earthly exuberance and heroic feeling.
Alexander Shelley, a remarkable young conductor, leads the Orchestra into an impressive concert finale with Shostakovichís Fifth Symphony. Shostakovich composed the work in 1937 under the watchful rein of Stalin, a time when the composer was in fear for his life, creating a powerful masterpiece full of variety.
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