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Santa Cecilia 

Boris Berezovsky plays Rachmaninov’s Paganini Rhapsody
Sunday 7 August 2016
Usher Hall

Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia
Sir Antonio Pappano Conductor

Boris Berezovsky Piano

Tchaikovsky Romeo and Juliet, Fantasy Overture
Rachmaninov Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
Schoenberg Pelleas und Melisande

Seething passions and the turmoil of forbidden love lie at the heart of the second International Festival 2016 concert from the celebrated Rome-based Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, under Music Director Sir Antonio Pappano.

Powerhouse Russian pianist Boris Berezovsky, known for both his formidable energy and his poetic sensitivity, is the soloist in his compatriot Rachmaninov’s voluptuous Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. It combines surging energy with the composer’s characteristic heart-rending melody to unforgettable expressive effect.

The Orchestra and Pappano bookend Rachmaninov’s sublime Rhapsody with two of music’s greatest love stories. Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet is a stormy orchestral evocation of scenes from Shakespeare’s great tragedy. And Schoenberg’s early Pelleas und Melisande takes Maeterlinck’s elusive symbolist play as inspiration for a passionate and achingly melodic symphony in all but name.

This concert will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on Tuesday 13 September at 7.30pm.  


The pairing of Pappano and Santa Cecilia has proven itself as a major artistic brand of our time.

RedMusica 


Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia will also perform in the Opening Concert at Usher Hall on 6 August at 8pm


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  • Running time: 
    2 hours approximately

Venue

Usher Hall

Lothian Road
Edinburgh
EH1 2EA

Supported by

The Italian Cultural Institute, Edinburgh

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Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia
Sir Antonio Pappano Conductor

Boris Berezovsky Piano

Tchaikovsky Romeo and Juliet, Fantasy Overture
Rachmaninov Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
Schoenberg Pelleas und Melisande


More information about some of the artists

Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia
Website

Sir Antonio Pappano
Website

The Opening concert | ResMusica

June 1st 2015

The pairing of Pappano and Santa Cecilia has proven itself as a major artistic brand of our time.

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Review by: 

Pierre-Jean Tribot
ResMusica

Santa Cecilia | Classic FM

August 7th 2016

 Each Santa Cecilia member responding to the hypnotic direction of Pappano who conjured the most mellifluous playing from his musicians in a work which demands expertise

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Review by: 

Classic FM

Santa Cecilia | Classic FM

August 11th 2016

There was a gripping intensity and dramatic tension to each scene

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Classic FM 

Orchestra dell'Accademia Naziole di Santa Cecilia | The Scotsman

August 9th 2016

Pappano showed off the orchestra’s rich, caressing sound in a superbly balanced Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet, microscopically detailed in its textures but never less than tasteful.

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Review by: 

David Kettle

The Scotsman


This event was part of a previous International Festival and is therefore unavailable to book.

The 2017 International Festival programme is now available to browse online.

Tickets

Grand circle: £45 £37 £25.50
Stalls: £45 £37 £28
Upper circle: £25.50 £18.50 £12.50

Current discounts

Students : 30% off
Senior citizens: 30% off
Unemployed : 30% off
BECTU, Equity, MU: 30% off
Under 18s: 50% off
Young Scot cardholders: 50% off