CARNEGIE HALL PRESENTS
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 | 8 PM
Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
A powerful wartime symphony is the centerpiece of this program of Russian music from the imperial and Soviet eras. 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.