Tugan Sokhiev - Conductor
Vadim Gluzman - Violin
Rimsky-Korsakov - "Battle of Kerzhenets," from The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh
Tchaikovsky - Violin Concerto
Musorgsky - Pictures from an Exhibition
Thursday, January 23, 2014
Young Russian conductor Tugan Sokhiev makes his Philadelphia Orchestra debut in the third and final week of our Tchaikovsky Celebration. The Violin Concerto stands as one of the greatest works ever written for the instrument. An essential part of the violin repertoire, its Russian folk melodies and driving rhythms give this work a universal appeal. Musorgsky composed his Pictures from an Exhibition for solo piano. But it is Ravel’s orchestration that brings vivid color to the depictions of festive market scenes, hatching chicks, catacombs, and the mighty gates of Kiev. Like Ravel, Rimsky-Korsakov is considered one of the greatest orchestrators of all time. His thrilling “Battle of Kerzhenets” demonstrates this exceptional skill.