Rachmaninov’s First Piano Concerto reflects all the youthful freshness of a student composer. Shostakovich’s First Symphony, likewise written while he was still a student, received instant worldwide recognition.
Kabalevsky focused on writing lighter music for young performers; his playful and mischievous The Comedians suite portrays a group of travelling entertainers.
Who better than the talented young musicians of the Royal College of Music Symphony Orchestra to perform this programme, under the baton of Vladimir Ashkenazy?
PerformersRoyal College of Music Symphony Orchestra
RepertoireKabalevsky: The Comedians Suite, Op.26
Royal Festival Hall at 6pm: pre-concert talk
RCM students perform chamber music from the time of the Russian Revolution, with cultural, musical and historical context provided by broadcaster and RCM professor Ivan Hewett. Admission free.