Performance Tuesday, November 14, 2017 | 8 PM

Mariinsky Orchestra

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Sumptuous orchestration, pianistic pyrotechnics, and acerbic wit highlight an evening of Russian music that spans the Imperial and Soviet eras. Scriabin’s obsession with mysticism and sensory stimulation form the core of his lushly scored Symphony No. 3, “The Divine Poem.” Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 2 offers its share of dazzling orchestration and a taxing role for the pianist. Soviet authorities expected grandiose display in the tradition of other famous ninth symphonies, but Shostakovich instead juxtaposed the tragic and comic, including a breathlessly giddy finale, in his post-war work.


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


  • SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 9
  • PROKOFIEV Piano Concerto No. 2
  • SCRIABIN Symphony No. 3, "The Divine Poem"
VTB Bank is the Principal Partner of the Mariinsky Theatre. Sberbank and Yoko Nagae Ceschina are the Principal Sponsors. Mariinsky Foundation of America is the North American Sponsor.
This performance is part of International Festival of Orchestras I.