We've often marvelled at the great variety of characteristic styles, tones, colours and flavours that make up Russian music. This occasion offers yet another chance to enjoy this magical diversity: a concert featuring one work by each Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich and Stravinsky. Three different musical worlds - but all of them unmistakably Russian.Tchaikovsky wrote six symphonies. Why does it seem like we only ever get to hear the last three? We heave a sigh of relief whenever one of the earlier works is played. Italian of French heritage and a former assistant to Claudio Abbado, Riccardo Chailly is one of the most suggestive and energetic conductors of our time. For the first piece in this concert by the Filarmonica della Scala, the musical director of Milan's opera house will conduct the composer's Symphony No. 2 ("Little Russian”) with its treatment of Ukrainian melodies.
Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk District was the Shostakovich opera that occasioned an editorial in Pravda (entitled „Muddle Instead of Music”) that amounted to an indictment of the 1936 performance. Some believe that the source of the article denouncing the composer's "bourgeois formalism” was Stalin himself. In any case, the writing reflected the dictator's opinion, and Shostakovich was naturally compelled to undergo "self-criticism”...
How different Stravinsky's fate was! He was living in the free world both in 1910-11 and in 1947, the years when he wrote and later revised the rivetingly colourful and ingenious Petrushka, the now-classic folkloric ballet from his "Russian period”. Composed for Sergei Diaghilev's Ballets Russes and premièred in Paris, the work revolves around the themes of love and jealousy as experienced by its characters: Petrushka, the Ballerina and the Moor, all marionettes who have come to life.
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.