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Russian Pictures


Thu 6 Aug 2015, 7:30pm

Where: Auckland Town Hall - Great Hall, 303 Queen St, CBD, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages


Fabien Gabel Conductor
Kirill Gerstein Piano

Borodin/Glazunov Overture to Prince Igor
Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.3
Mussorgsky/Ravel Pictures at an Exhibition

‘Ah, the Rach 3!’ says John Gielgud, awe in his voice, in Shine – adding to the legend of this most famously difficult concerto. And yet underneath the formidable virtuosity, there’s real poetry in the piece. It takes a great pianist to bring it out, at once bravura and lyrically expressive, and Kirill Gerstein is such a player.

Modest Mussorgsky’s tribute to an artist friend was originally written for piano, but was orchestrated unforgettably by Maurice Ravel, giving Mussorgsky’s more rough-hewn original a sophisticated, glamorous panache.

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