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Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia

Boris Berezovsky plays Rachmaninov’s Paganini Rhapsody

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.


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

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

Sir Antonio Pappano

7 August 2016

This event was part of a previous International Festival and is therefore unavailable to book. The 2019 programme will be available in the spring.