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Pictures at an Exhibition

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Anvil, BasingstokeBasingstoke, South-East, RG21 7QR, United Kingdom
On Sunday 5 April 2020 at 19:45
Performers
Daniel KharitonovPiano
Pablo Heras-CasadoConductor
Philharmonia Orchestra

Spanish conductor Pablo Heras-Casado returns with three vivid Russian works, joined by one of today’s most exciting young pianists.

From the authoritative unison horns and huge piano chords of the opening bars, through sweeping romantic melodies and moments of intense drama to the triumphant finale, Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto is an audience favourite. This was the piece that first brought Daniel Kharitonov to the attention of a worldwide public, when he played it in the 2015 Tchaikovsky Piano Competition aged just 16.

Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition is a vivid representation in music of ten paintings by Mussorgsky’s good friend Viktor Hartmann - the exhibition in question was organised after the artist’s untimely death. Contrasting scenes, from the humorous ‘Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks’ to the imposing ‘Great Gate of Kiev’, are linked by a ‘Promenade’ that leads the listener around this most memorable of galleries.

Though close to death, all of Lili Boulanger’s final orchestral works showcase her masterly control of harmony and orchestration in a burst of creativity. D’un soir triste is dark and passionate, as towering brass flow into delicate cello and celeste melodies, setting the scene with a passionate image of a mournful evening.

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