Northern Lights: Piano Concertos with Andrei Gavrilov

  • Sunday 18 May 2014 7.30pm
  • BRISTOL Colston Hall (Map)
  • Northern Lights: Piano Concertos with Andrei Gavrilov
  • Andrei Gavrilov: piano
  • Mussorgsky: A Night on the Bare Mountain
  • Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto no. 3
  • Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto no. 1
  • Pre-concert performance by Preludes children at 5pm in the foyer performance area, 6pm in the main hall. All welcome.

The story-telling continues in this, the third concert of Bristol Ensemble‘s Northern Lights series. This Russian-themed concert opens with Mussorgsky‘s orchestral poem A Night on the Bare Mountain, inspired by Russian literary works and legend.

The orchestra is joined by legendary pianist Andrei Gavrilov who will direct two of the classical world‘s awe-inspiring piano concertos from the keyboard: Rachmaninov‘s Third and Tchaikovsky‘s First.

In 1974 Andrei Gavrilov shot into the limelight. Unexpectedly winning the prestigious International Tchaikovsky Competition and substituting for Sviatoslav Richter at the Salzburg Festival, the 18-year-old Gavrilov took the music world by storm. Despite devastating set-backs along the way and taking a seven year break in the 1990s to study religion, philosophy and search for new ideas and approach to music, this remarkable pianist performs all over the world, thrilling audiences wherever he goes with his individual interpretations and phenomenal technique.

Rachmaninov‘s Piano Concerto no. 3 is legendary for its soaring lyricism and the dazzling virtuosic demands it makes of the soloist. The music is impassioned, fervent and fiercely romantic.

The thunderous chords at the opening of Tchaikovsky‘s Piano Concerto no. 1 are among the most famous in all classical music and herald a heartfelt, deeply expressive work. The thrilling finale is electrifyingly gripping from start to finish and will provide a fittingly spectacular conclusion to the Bristol Ensemble‘s Northern Lights series.

Tickets are available from the Colston Hall box office now. Telephone 0844 887 1500, book online by clicking here or call into the Colston Hall box office in person

Single concert tickets £29, £25, £20, £15, under 26s £8, under 18s £1