The Russian Chamber Philharmonic St. Petersburg, now headed by the world famous conductor Juri Gilbo, was formed in 1990 in the bastion of the legendary Russian music school, the Saint Petersburg Conservatory. This colourful show features two compositions from the orchestra's home country. The soloist, Lilya Zilberstein, following her studies at Gnessin Russian Academy of Music and being inhabitant in Germany from 1990, she made there her debut with the Berlin Philharmonic, conducted by Claudio Abbado. Since then, she has regularly performed with a range of well-known conductors and musicians.Shostakovich's Symphony No. 9 was first performed in Leningrad (formerly and currently known as Saint Petersburg) just after the end of World War Two, yet it is one of the Russian composer's most upbeat symphonies, featuring Haydn-like humour and a neoclassical lightness of tone. Edvard Grieg's Piano Concerto in A minor is a superb example of the blending of national traditions, European musical heritage and original thought. The final movement features a symphonic interpretation of the halling, a Norwegian folk dance, and sounds in certain sections which imitate a Norwegian folk fiddle.
Polanaise is the prelude to the third act from Tchaikovsky's opera Eugene Onegin, which premiered in 1879. The Polonaise, which sets the mood for a ball organised by a rich Saint Petersburg aristocrat, has become a popular orchestral piece in its own right.
The concert concludes with Beethoven's Symphony No. 5. This revolutionary, innovative masterpiece is perhaps the most played piece in the history of symphonic music. The four main themes of the composition, represented by four different sounds, feature in each of the four movements. The leading emotional arc of the piece, which ranges from tragedy to victorious splendour, can be interpreted as a musical expression of the composer's deafness and the superhuman will to overcome.
Presented by: Müpa Budapest
The Müpa Budapest underground garage gates will be operated by an automatic number plate recognition system. Parking is free of charge for visitors with tickets to any of our paid performances on that given day. The detailed parking policy of Müpa Budapest is available here.
Refreshments – Without the Queue
Thanks to our new catering service at the Átrium Snack Bar, you can forget about waiting in line during intermissions for some refreshments and get your order prepped especially for you by the time the intermission actually starts. Find out more about pre-ordering here.