Performance Tuesday, January 27, 2015 | 8 PM

Mariinsky Orchestra

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
This evening’s concert will take place as originally scheduled at 8 PM in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage. If you have any questions or require further assistance, please contact CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800.

Music by two 20th-century giants who lived in the shadow of Stalin’s terror is featured. 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. Shostakovich’s admiration of Mahler is evident in his massive Symphony No. 4, particularly so in the huge emotional arc of its closing movement. Political circumstances forced Shostakovich to cancel its 1936 premiere and the music was not heard until 1961—long after Stalin’s death.


  • Mariinsky Orchestra
    Valery Gergiev, Music Director and Conductor
  • Behzod Abduraimov, Piano


  • PROKOFIEV Piano Concerto No. 3
  • SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 4

  • Encore:
  • TCHAIKOVSKY Nocturne in C-sharp Minor, Op. 19, No. 4

Event Duration

The printed program will last approximately two hours, including one 20-minute intermission. Please note that there will be no late seating before intermission.


  • Mariinsky Orchestra

    The Mariinsky Orchestra enjoys a long and distinguished history as one of the oldest musical institutions in Russia. Founded in the 18th century during the reign of Peter the Great and housed in St. Petersburg's famed Mariinsky Theatre since 1860,
    the orchestra now also performs in its superb 21st-century concert hall (2006) and its second opera house (2013), built with modern stage technologies.The orchestra entered its "golden age" in the second half of the 19th century under the musical direction of Eduard Nápravník, whose leadership for more than a half-century (1863-1916) secured its reputation as one of the finest in Europe. Numerous internationally famed musicians have conducted the orchestra, among them Hans von Bülow, Felix Mottl, Felix Weingartner, Alexander von Zemlinsky, Otto Nikisch, Willem Mengelberg, Otto Klemperer, Bruno Walter, Erich Kleiber, Hector Berlioz, Richard Wagner, Gustav Mahler, and Arnold Schoenberg.

    Renamed the Kirov during the Soviet era, the orchestra continued to maintain its high artistic standards under the leadership of Yevgeny Mravinsky and Yuri Temirkanov. The leadership of Valery Gergiev has enabled the Mariinsky Theatre to forge important relationships for the Mariinsky Ballet and Opera to appear in the world's greatest opera houses and theaters, among them the Metropolitan Opera; the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC; the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; San Francisco Opera; Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris; the Salzburg Festival; and La Scala in Milan.

    Since its US debut in 1992, the orchestra has made 17 tours of North America, including a 2006 celebration of the complete Shostakovich symphonies, a cycle of Prokofiev's stage works in 2008, major works of Berlioz in February and March 2010, and a centennial Mahler cycle at Carnegie Hall in October 2010. The following year, the Mariinsky Orchestra opened Carnegie Hall's 2011-2012 season with a cycle of Tchaikovsky symphonies, which the ensemble also performed on tour throughout the US and in Canada.

    Maestro Gergiev established the Mariinsky Label in 2009 and has since released more than 20 recordings that have received critical acclaim in Europe, Asia, and the United States.

    Valery Gergiev

    Valery Gergiev is the artistic and general director of the Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg, and since 1988 has taken the Mariinsky ballet, opera, and orchestra ensembles to nearly 50 countries. His 25 years of leadership have also resulted in the building of the Mariinsky Concert Hall (2006), the founding of the Mariinsky Label (2009), and the new Mariinsky II (2013) theater alongside the classic Mariinsky Theatre.

    Principal conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra since 2007, Mr. Gergiev performs with the LSO at the Barbican Centre, BBC Proms, and Edinburgh International Festival, as well as on extensive tours of Europe, North America, and Asia. In July 2013, he led the debut international tour of the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America, an orchestra founded by Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute, and in the fall of 2016, he assumes the post of principal conductor of the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra. Mr. Gergiev is also founder and artistic director of the Stars of the White Nights Festival and the New Horizons Festival in St. Petersburg, the Moscow Easter Festival, the Rotterdam Philharmonic Gergiev Festival, the Mikkeli Music Festival, and the Red Sea Classical Music Festival in Israel, as well as principal conductor of the World Orchestra for Peace.

    Mr. Gergiev's record releases with the Mariinsky Orchestra and London Symphony Orchestra continually win awards in Europe, Asia, and America. Recent releases include Tchaikovsky's Piano Concertos nos. 1 and 2; Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 3, Symphony No. 5, and Romeo and Juliet; Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition, Night on Bald Mountain, and Songs and Dances of Death; Brahms's Ein deutsches Requiem; and Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique, Harold en Italie, and La mort de Cléopâtre.

    Mr. Gergiev has led numerous composer-centered concert cycles in New York, London, and other international cities, including ones focused on Berlioz, Brahms, Dutilleux, Mahler, Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky, and Wagner. He has introduced audiences around the world to several rarely performed Russian operas.

    His many awards include the Dmitri Shostakovich Award, the Netherlands' Knight of the Order of the Dutch Lion, Japan's Order of the Rising Sun, and the French Ordre national de la Légion d'honneur.

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  • Behzod Abduraimov

    Behzod Abduraimov's captivating performances have won him high critical praise.An exclusive Decca Classics recording artist, he has worked with orchestras that include the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, NHK Symphony Orchestra, and Tokyo Symphony Orchestra. He has collaborated with conductors such as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Krzysztof Urbański, Vasily Petrenko, James Gaffigan,Osmo Vänskä,Charles Dutoit, and Vladimir Jurowski.

    In North America this season, Mr. Abduraimov has recently appeared with the Los Angeles Philharmonic under Juanjo Mena and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra under Andrey Boreyko. He makes his New York recital debut at Carnegie Hall on February 18.

    In Europe this season, his engagements include his debut with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and Jiří Bělohlávek, the Mariinsky Orchestra's Prokofiev piano concerto cycle at the Baltic Sea Festival in Stockholm, performances at the Vienna Konzerthaus and Konzerthaus DortmundunderMr. Gergiev, and a return to the London Philharmonic Orchestraconducted byDavid Zinman. His recitals include returns to London's Wigmore Hall and Paris's Musée du Louvre in addition to performances in Italy and Spain. Mr. Abduraimov also tours to China with the London Philharmonic Orchestra underVassily Sinaisky andmakes his debut with the Hong Kong Philharmonic under Thomas Dausgaard.

    In fall 2014, Decca released his second album, featuring Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 3 and Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI conducted by Juraj Valčuha. His debut recital disc in 2012won both the Choc de Classica and the Diapason Découverte awards.

    Mr. Abduraimov was a pupil of Tamara Popovich at the Uspensky State Central Lyceum in Tashkent and studied with Stanislav Iudenitch at the International Center for Music at Park University, Kansas City, where he is now artist in residence.

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Shostakovich's Symphony No. 4 (Allegretto, poco moderato - Presto)
Valery Gergiev, conductor | Mariinsky Orchestra

At a Glance

This concert presents two Russian masterpieces from the early 20th century: an enduringly popular piano concerto by Prokofiev, and a powerful and uncompromising modernist experiment that landed Shostakovich in deep trouble with the Soviet authorities and was banned from the repertory for a quarter of a century. Both works have surprising juxtapositions, though of different kinds. Prokofiev mixes prankishness with dreamlike lyricism; Shostakovich follows Mahler’s lead in juggling massive abstractions and banal ditties. The concerto, full of brilliant virtuoso display and witty banter, has always been a favorite with pianists, including Prokofiev himself. The symphony, featuring Shostakovich’s largest orchestra, has concerto-like solos for all sections and chamber-like ensembles set against some of the most shattering orchestral climaxes in the symphonic repertory.
Program Notes


This concert is underwritten by Yoko Nagae Ceschina.
This performance is part of International Festival of Orchestras II.