Russian Winter

Thu 6 December 2018



Antonio Méndez conductor
Alexei Volodin piano

With his Second Piano Concerto, Rachmaninov not only overcame his writer’s block, but he found a new voice as a composer – one with a perfect knack for unforgettable tunes, dazzling pianistic effects, an effortless flow of ideas, and a very suave sense of style. Despite his worries, the premiere was a major triumph and it quickly became his greatest hit and one of the most popular concertos of the 20th century. Rising out of mysterious depths, Rachmaninov quickly lets loose the first of many striking themes that litter the work. At just 28, in love and about to be married, no wonder he exhibits a youthful confidence in a mature work imbued with a sincere, heartfelt passion that continues to captivate audiences. The fresh, sweet and lightness-of-touch of Tchaikovsky’s First Symphony betrays none of the nagging self-doubt that attended its creation. He gave some descriptive titles to the first movements Reveries of a Winter Journeyand Land of Desolation, Land of Mists. Also emerging from the mists, the Prelude to Khovanshchina was described by Mussorgsky as “depicting dawn over the Moscow River, matins at cock crow, the patrol, and the taking down of the chains.” Short but very effective, it begins delicately, a beautiful tune emerging which soon grows and becomes more animated as Moscow is revealed – church domes lit by the rising sun. 


Mussorgsky  Khovanshchina Prelude
Rachmaninov  Piano Concerto No.2
Tchaikovsky  Symphony No.1



Event Info


A £40 B £34 C £26 D £22 E £16

The following concessions are available from the box office (telephone and in person only):

Under 18s “Kids for a Quid”: £1 tickets, subject to availability.

Full-time Students: 50% discount, or  £5 Student Standby tickets available from the on-site box office in the Great Hall foyer an hour before the concert

Job Seekers, Income Support Benefit, Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), Wheelchair Users, Personal Assistants: 50% discount

Groups 10+ 10% discount
Groups 20+ 20% discount
Groups 30+ 30% discount

MULTIBUY discounts are available if you buy 4 concerts or more

Running Time

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