BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra Kozhukhin plays Rachmaninov's Third Piano Concerto
City Halls : Grand Hall
“I need the sound of the trampling of steel-shod boots”, Shostakovich told the first performers of his Ninth Symphony – but this startlingly irreverent “pseudo-comedy” certainly wasn’t the victory march the Soviet authorities were expecting, any more than Britten’s passionately anti-war Sinfonia da Requiem was what its Imperial Japanese commissioners had ordered. This thought-provoking programme from Donald Runnicles opens in a different world: it took a composer of supreme confidence to write Rachmaninov’s sweeping Third Piano Concerto, and it takes a pianist of unparalleled gifts to make it soar. Anyone who heard Denis Kozhukhin’s acclaimed Prokofiev piano concerto cycle last season will have no concerns on that count.
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