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  • Valery Gergiev leads the Mariinsky Orchestra through two programs of Russian music. Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3 is one of his most popular works—an energetic masterpiece laced with biting wit, romantic interludes, and a fiery solo part to be played by Behzod Abduraimov. Shostakovich’s admiration of Mahler is evident in his massive Symphony No. 4, which closes the January 27 program. A powerful wartime symphony is the centerpiece of the January 28 program. Prokofiev wrote his Symphony No. 5 in the summer of 1944 when Soviet victory was imminent and called it “a symphony of the grandeur of the human spirit.” While not as well-known as his first, Tchaikovsky’s Second Piano Concerto has much of the same singing lyricism and virtuosity as its popular predecessor. Dazzlingly orchestrated and bubbling with wit, Shchedrin’s Concerto for Orchestra No. 1, "Naughty Limericks," is a boisterous curtain raiser.

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