International Series 3 : Rach 2 – Russian Romantics

Saturday 27 October 2018, 7:30 pm
Dunedin Town Hall

Rachmaninov’s second piano concerto and Tchaikovsky’s fourth symphony sweep the listener along on their emotional roller-coaster journeys: pain and despair at one extreme, soaring ecstasy at the other – traits typical of the Russian late-Romantic tradition.

The Concerto is also said to depict Rachmaninov’s own life story with compelling honesty, and its endlessly flowing lyricism has helped to make it one of the best-loved piano concertos. Wellington-based pianist Jian Liu makes his début performance with the DSO. His playing has been described as “passionate, articulate, deeply expressive, and wholly musical’.

Simon Over, the orchestra’s London-based Principal Guest Conductor, returns to conduct this powerful all-Russian programme.

Glinka: Ruslan and Ludmilla Overture
Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4

Simon Over Principal Guest Conductor
Jian Liu Piano