Spring 2005 Europe / UK Tour

Performances

March 2005

On Tour

30 Wed

Barbican Centre

London

Program

Taneyev
John of Damascus, op. No. 1
Rachmaninov
Piano Concerto No. 2
Taneyev
Symphony No. 4 in C minor


Generous support provided by Baglioni Hotels

Conductor:

Mikhail Pletnev

Guest Artists:

Nikolai Lugansky, Piano

Moscow Chamber Choir (Minin Choir)

Spring 2005 Europe / UK Tour

On Tour

31 Thu

Barbican Centre

London

Program

Scriabin
Reverie
Rachmaninov
Piano Concerto No. 3
Taneyev
At the Reading of a Psalm, op. 2


Generous support provided by Baglioni Hotels

Conductor:

Mikhail Pletnev

Guest Artists:

Nikolai Lugansky, Piano

Moscow Chamber Choir (Minin Choir)

Spring 2005 Europe / UK Tour

April 2005

On Tour

01 Fri

Concertgebouw

Amsterdam

Program

Bizet/Shchedrin
Carmen Suite
Tchaikovsky
Symphony No. 5
Conductor:

Mikhail Pletnev

Spring 2005 Europe / UK Tour

On Tour

02 Sat

Theater aan de Parade

Hertogenbosch

Program

Private Concert. By Invitation Only
Mozart
Concert-Rondo
Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor
Bach
Piano Concerto in F Minor
Beethoven
Piano Concerto No. 2
Conductor:

Mikhail Pletnev

Guest Artist:

Mikhail Pletnev

Spring 2005 Europe / UK Tour

On Tour

03 Sun

Concertgebouw

Amsterdam

Program

Mozart
Concert-Rondo
Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor
Bach
Piano Concerto in F minor
Beethoven
Piano Concerto No. 2
Conductor:

Mikhail Pletnev

Guest Artist:

Mikhail Pletnev

Spring 2005 Europe / UK Tour

On Tour

06 Wed

Historische Stadthalle

Wuppertal

Program

Bizet/Shchedrin
Carmen Suite
Tchaikovsky
Symphony No. 5
Conductor:

Mikhail Pletnev

Spring 2005 Europe / UK Tour

On Tour

07 Thu

Tonhalle

Dusseldorf

Location

Program

Glinka
Valse Fantaisie
Rachmaninov
Piano Concerto No. 3
Bizet/Shchedrin
Carmen Suite
Conductor:

Mikhail Pletnev

Guest Artist:

Nikolai Lugansky, Piano

Spring 2005 Europe / UK Tour

On Tour

10 Sun

Festpielhaus

Baden Baden

Program

Glinka
Valse Fantaisie
Rachmaninov
Piano Concerto No. 3
Tchaikovsky
Symphony No. 5
Conductor:

Mikhail Pletnev

Guest Artist:

Nikolai Lugansky, Piano

Spring 2005 Europe / UK Tour

On Tour

14 Thu

Palazzo dei Congressi

Lugano

Program

Mussorgsky (arr. by Rimsky-Korsakov)
Introduction and Polonaise from Boris Godunov
Chopin
Piano Concerto No. 2
Scriabin
Reverie
Scriabin
The Poem of Ecstasy
Conductor:

Alexander Vedernikov

Guest Artist:

Stanislav Bunin

Spring 2005 Europe / UK Tour

On Tour

15 Fri

Victoria Hall

Geneva

Program

Bizet/Shchedrin
Carmen Suite
Tchaikovsky
Symphony No. 5
Conductor:

Mikhail Pletnev

Spring 2005 Europe / UK Tour

On Tour

16 Sat

Tonhalle

St. Gallen

Location

Program

Bizet/Shchedrin
Carmen Suite
Tchaikovsky
Symphony No. 5
Conductor:

Mikhail Pletnev

Spring 2005 Europe / UK Tour

On Tour

17 Sun

Tonhalle

Zurich

Location

Program

Bizet/Shchedrin
Carmen Suite
Tchaikovsky
Symphony No. 5
Conductor:

Mikhail Pletnev

Spring 2005 Europe / UK Tour

On Tour

18 Mon

Kultur-Casino

Bern

Location

Program

Bizet/Shchedrin
Carmen Suite
Tchaikovsky
Symphony No. 5
Conductor:

Mikhail Pletnev

Spring 2005 Europe / UK Tour

March 2005

On Tour

01 Tue

Manoukian Cultural Centre

London

Location

Program

Pletnev
Piano Quintet for Flute, Three Strings and Piano (UK Premiere)
Dvorak
Piano Quintet in A Major op. 18
Featuring Soloists of the RNO
Maxim Rubtsov (flute)
Alexei Bruni (violin)
Fyodor Shevrekuko (violin)
Sergey Doubov (viola)
Alexander Gotgelf (cello)
with Mikhail Pletnev (piano)
Concert benefits The Russian National Orchestra Trust
For further information please contact Nouneh Sarkissian.
Conductor:

Mikhail Pletnev

Guest Artist:

Mikhail Pletnev

Spring 2005 Europe / UK Tour


Reviews

The Independent, London

The first evening opened with Taneyev's Opus 1, his three-movement cantata John of Damascus, [which] evolved in superbly controlled slow waves of choral-orchestral counterpoint. It was clear why Taneyev has been called "the Russian Brahms", even if the work later ran to an un-Brahmsian fugal knees-up before returning to the serene gravity of its opening. An impressive achievement.

"[In] Taneyev's Symphony No 4... Pletnev's conviction was palpable, and the RNO responded with intensity.

"[At] its second concert,... orchestra and soloist Nikolai Lugansky struck a fiery trail of sparks through Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No 3.

The Independent, London

...the performance [of Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No 2] had a certain sweep, partly conveyed by the depth and lavish quality of the string tone, which was outstanding...

"An altogether better case for [Taneyev's] genuine if fitful talent was made by the first work, his early cantata St. John of Damascus. With orchestral writing as sombre as it comes, and choral writing borrowing its fugal fabric from Baroque masterpieces by Bach and Handel, this setting of a Biblically inspired text shows an austere mind approaching a compositional task with an intellectual rigour not far off fervour. The result is bold, monumental and undeniably powerful.

The Observer

[Lugansky] was on brilliant, mercurial form [in] Rachmaninov's third concerto, with Pletnev drawing some wonderful, whispering accompaniment from his world-class orchestra. This was a performance of supreme musicianship.

The Telegraph, London

Lugansky's interpretations [of Rachmaninov's Second and Third Piano Concertos] attested not only to his deep preparatory thoughts on what the music was telling him, but also to his love of the music and his respect for the way it was proportioned. Mikhail Pletnev... conducted the Russian National Orchestra with a seasoned ear for the scoring's sonorities, achieving an ideal balance of timbres and a close rapport with the soloist.

"[Taneyev's] cantatas, "John of Damascus" and "On the Reading of a Psalm", came across lustily, thanks to the powerful singing of the Moscow State Chamber Choir and to Pletnev's skill at controlling large forces with a meticulous ear for detail.

The Evening Standard

The Symphony No. 4 [is] Taneyev's instrumental masterpiece. The dominant mode of the symphony's first movement is fiery and hurtling, a mode that Pletnev exploited with exhilarating if sometimes harsh results. [In] the Adagio, Pletnev brought his customary sensitivity to bear on a theme that rose passionately, but peaked with infinite tenderness.

The Guardian

Pletnev's advocacy [of Taneyev's music] is admirable and the playing of his orchestra was first-rate.

The Times

It says much for the pulling power of Mikhail Pletnev's 15-year-old Russian National Orchestra that they could devote the best part of two nights at the Barbican to the music of Sergei Taneyev and still attract good houses... His best orchestral music is probably the Fourth Symphony [and] Pletnev and his band played it with passion.

What They’re Saying

"Everything is exquisitely played by the Russian National Orchestra, whose refinement has opened a new chapter in Russian orchestral playing."

Gramophone