Valery Gergiev direction
Denis Matsuev piano
Valery Gergiev and Denis Matsuev sweep the Viennese orchestra along in an evening devoted entirely to Prokofiev.
Prokofiev Montagues and Capulets, Juliet as a Young Girl, Masks, Romeo at Juliet's Grave, excerpts from Romeo and Juliet
Piano Concerto No. 2 op. 16
Symphony No. 6 op. 111
These two towering musical figures from St Petersburg will offer three works from the palette of a composer to whom history has not always been kind, but who nevertheless represents a key link in the chain of 20th century music. The best-known excerpts from his ballet Romeo and Juliet, reflecting the typically Russian art of the grand classical story ballet, will be followed up by his Piano Concerto No. 2, a consummate example of his concerto-writing craft. Lastly, Symphony No. 6, his penultimate symphonic work which is rarely performed live, will offer an opportunity to (re)discover his ambitious writing and be swept along by the heady emotional atmosphere. The maestro of the Mariinsky Orchestra is currently one of the greatest champions of Prokofiev, much of whose symphony and concerto catalogue he has already performed in Paris with various orchestras. It is relatively new however to the Vienna Philharmonic and it will be exciting to attend this summit meeting between Gergiev and the Viennese musicians.
Production Théâtre des Champs-Elysées