Preview: BSO’s Russian Winter

The Bournemouth Symphony orchestra will soon once again grace Exeter Great Hall with its abilities, bringing a seasonal selection to the stage. As the title suggests, the evening of the 6th will consist of three works that deal with the not-so-mild temperament of a ‘Russian Winter’, in what is sure to be a resounding conclusion to the first term’s worth of the orchestra’s 2018-19 season. Conducting the evening will be Antonio Méndez, Principal Conductor of the Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife and evidently an expert in his field. He is highly-sought after, and the fact that he is once again returning to work with the BSO is testament to both his and the orchestra’s stature in the classical music world.

The guest pianist for the night will be Alexei Volodin, whose career has seen him perform the world over with some of the most prestigious orchestras working today. Winner of the 9th Concours Géza Anda in Zurich, he has an incredible level of experience with Rachmaninov and Russian music in general – in his studies he was taught by some of the most prestigious pianists from the former Soviet Union, including Eliso Virsaladze.

The three works of the evening are Mussorgsky’s Khovanshchina Prelude, Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No.2 and Tchaikovsky’s First Symphony, subtitled ‘Winter Daydreams’. It promises to be a thoroughly enchanting event, in the spirit of 19th century Russian sensibility. One can only hope that the weather does not tend towards pathetic fallacy, and that the climb to the Great Hall is just as pleasant as always.

Ben Britton

Photo Credits: Eric Richmond

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