The 2013 International Festival opens in thrilling fashion as three great Russian musicians join the Royal Scottish National Orchestra in a pair of seminal masterpieces by Prokofiev.
Conductor Valery Gergiev is world-renowned for his searing, powerful interpretations, and young, multi-award-winning pianist Daniil Trifonov astonished listeners at his Queen’s Hall recital last year with his brilliant technique and profound musicality. The two men come together with the RSNO to perform Prokofi ev’s glittering Piano Concerto No 3, which holds expressive lyricism and sparkling wit in exquisite balance.
After the interval, the orchestra is joined by the massed voices of the Edinburgh Festival Chorus and mezzo soprano Yulia Matochkina for the dramatic cantata Alexander Nevsky, whose exhilarating music vividly celebrates the battles and victories of medieval Russia.
Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Valery Gergiev Conductor
Yulia Matochkina Mezzo soprano
Daniil Trifonov Piano
Edinburgh Festival Chorus
Christopher Bell Chorus Master
Piano Concerto No 3