Performance Wednesday, January 28, 2015 | 8 PM

Mariinsky Orchestra

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.

The contemporary work on this program is part of My Time, My Music.


  • Mariinsky Orchestra
    Valery Gergiev, Music Director and Conductor
  • Denis Matsuev, Piano


  • SHCHEDRIN Concerto for Orchestra No. 1, "Naughty Limericks"
  • TCHAIKOVSKY Piano Concerto No. 2
  • PROKOFIEV Symphony No. 5


Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 2 (III. Allegro con fuoco)
Denis Matsuev, Piano | Mariinsky Orchestra

This concert is underwritten by Yoko Nagae Ceschina.
This performance is part of Russian Romance, and International Festival of Orchestras III.

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