2013 Summer Europe Tour

Performances

August 2013

On Tour

15 Thu

Philharmonic Concert Hall

Warsaw

Program

Opening concert, Chopin International Music Festival

Lutoslawski
Musique funebre a la memoire de Bela Bartok
Chopin
Piano Concerto in E minor
Penderecki
Piano Concerto
Conductor:

Krzysztof Penderecki

Guest Artists:

Nelson Goerner, Piano

Barry Douglas, Piano

2013 Summer Europe Tour

On Tour

16 Fri

Philharmonic Concert Hall

Warsaw

Program

Chopin International Music Festival

Lutoslawski
Livre pour Orchestre
Piano Concerto
Stravinsky
Firebird Suite
Conductor:

Mikhail Pletnev

Guest Artist:

Gerhard Oppitz, Piano

2013 Summer Europe Tour

On Tour

17 Sat

Philharmonic Concert Hall

Warsaw

Program

Chopin International Music Festival

Rachmaninov
Piano Concerto No. 3, op.30 in D minor
Glazunov
The Seasons
Conductor:

Mikhail Pletnev

Guest Artist:

Nikolai Lugansky, Piano

2013 Summer Europe Tour

On Tour

19 Mon

Usher Hall

Edinburgh

Location

Program

Edinburgh International Festival

Rachmaninov
Piano Concerto No. 3, op. 18, in C minor
Glazunov
The Seasons
Conductor:

Mikhail Pletnev

Guest Artist:

Nikolai Lugansky, Piano

2013 Summer Europe Tour

On Tour

20 Tue

Usher Hall

Edinburgh

Location

Program

Edinburgh International Festival

Rachmaninov
Piano Concerto No. 2, op. 30, in D minor
Scriabin
Symphony No. 1
Conductor:

Mikhail Pletnev

Guest Artists:

Nikolai Lugansky, Piano

Svetlana Sozdateleva, Soprano

Maxim Paster, Tenor

Edinburgh Festival Chorus

2013 Summer Europe Tour

On Tour

22 Thu

Kurhaus

Wiesbaden

Location

Program

Rheingau Music Festival

Rachmaninov
Piano Concerto No. 2, op. 18
Tchaikovsky
Symphony No. 5, op. 64
Conductor:

Mikhail Pletnev

Guest Artist:

Nikolai Lugansky, Piano

2013 Summer Europe Tour

On Tour

24 Sat

Festivalzelt

Gstaad

Program

Menuhin Festival

Glazunov
The Seasons
Donizetti
Come uno spirto angelico
Verdi
Je veux encore entendre ta voix (from Jerusalem)
Tchaikovsky
Capriccio Italien (op.45)
Donizetti
Pour mon ame (from “la fille du Regiment")
Conductor:

Mikhail Pletnev

Guest Artist:

Juan Diego Florez, Tenor

2013 Summer Europe Tour

September 2013

On Tour

25 Wed

Sala Mare a Palatului

Bucharest

Program

George Enescu International Festival

Prokofiev
Violin Concerto No. 2
Tchaikovsky
Melody and Valse-Scherzo
Glazunov
The Seasons
Conductor:

Mikhail Pletnev

Guest Artist:

Vadim Repin, Violin

2013 Summer Europe Tour

On Tour

26 Thu

Sala Mare a Palatului

Bucharest

Program

George Enescu International Festival

Lizst
Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat Major
Mahler
Symphony No. 2 in C minor (Resurrection)
Conductor:

Horia Andreescu

Guest Artists:

Boris Berezovsky, Piano

Anita Hartig, Soprano

Bernarda Fink, Mezzo-soprano

2013 Summer Europe Tour


Reviews

Edinburgh Guide

This [Glazunov] was a most delightful piece masterfully performed under the authoritative baton of Pletnev, whose marvellous sense of musical structure, instinct for the right tempo and ear for orchestral balance and colour ensured the combined talent of members of the Russian Nation Orchestra gave tonight's audience an evening of music not to be missed.

Edinburgh Festival Guide

Glazunov's... delicate musical scenery packed with glistening colours and joyous levity, and those ripe and succulent timbres you tend only genuinely to experience from Russian orchestras. [The RNO's] swaying warmth gave characterful realisation to Glazunov’s Winter imagery, the Tchaikovskian lightness of Spring, Summer’s sunny dances, and the sumptuous exuberance of Autumn’s Bacchanal.

The Herald Scotland

Usher Hall was duly packed to the rafters to witness Nikolai Lugansky's steely mastery of [Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2] alongside the muscle powered sound of the Russian strings. Pletnev...seemed to cherish the music he held in his hands.... Glazunov's The Seasons was pure balletic entertainment... With a display of forces unlikely ever to fit into a theatre pit, the RNO and Pletnev, conducting from memory, sparkled their way through the colourful waltzes and pointe work.

Seen and Heard International

[The RNO's] technique is impeccable and extremely impressive: they create a particularly dark, chocolaty sound that has the ability to capture the listener in its extraordinary sweep. The unison string sound at the opening of Rachmaninov’s second piano concerto, for example, was like a tidal wave sweeping off the stage... Pletnev directed... [the Glazunov] with remarkable subtlety, but was happy to let rip during the famous Bacchanale in the Autumn scene, and the orchestra responded in kind. This was a real orchestral treat, and the packed hall gave it the ovation it deserved.

The Guardian

The Edinburgh international festival sets off thought-provoking resonances. The Russian National Orchestra under its founding conductor, Mikhail Pletnev, delivered a seismic performance of Alexander Glazunov's The Seasons that culminated in an Autumn so musically boisterous it nearly blew the audience from their seats.

Financial Times

The RNO’s performance had finesse, élan, colour and, yes, pride... The Glazunov was pure, unadulterated bliss – a make-believe paradise of devil-may-care waltzes, swirling cross-currents of sound, snowflakes in music, the occasional glimpse of melancholy, but above all tunes, tunes, tunes, ravishingly orchestrated and lovingly despatched. Pletnev’s tight rhythmic control kept the performance à point, and the RNO’s dark timbres and euphonious brass did the rest.

What They’re Saying

"In a modern classical world, rife with reports of under-funded and dying ensembles, curtailed schedules and shrinking audiences, the foundation and continued growth of [the Russian National Orchestra] seems not only miraculous; it just may be the most important cultural story of our time."

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