ICA is proud to present the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra & Yuri Temirkanov at the BBC Proms

27 Aug 2015


Described as “the crowning glory of Russian culture”, ICA is proud to present the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra and their renowned Artistic Director & Chief Conductor since 1988 – Yuri Temirkanov – at the BBC Proms 2015.  The first Russian symphony orchestra, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic can trace its history back to 1882, and – premiering major works by Prokofiev, Shostakovich and Penderecki, amongst others – has earned its place as one of the most prominent ensembles in the world.  Just over a decade since their last visit, the orchestra returns to the BBC Proms this year for two concerts of powerful Russian classics.

On 7 September, following Tchaikovsky’s swirling tone poem Francesca da Rimini, celebrated pianist Nikolai Lugansky stars in Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No.2.  The programme concludes with Rimsky-Korsakov’s much adored Scheherazade – a glittering musical tapestry that the composer himself described as “an oriental narrative of fairy-tale wonders”.

On 8 September, St. Petersburg Philharmonic and Temirkanov are set to dazzle once again with Rimsky-Korsakov – this time with the ‘Symphonic Pictures’ from his 1907 opera, The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh.  Julia Fischer performs the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto, and the programme concludes with Elgar’s Enigma Variations.

"The St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra is not just the crowning glory of Russian culture, but also the best representative of the State – so it was under the czars, under Soviet rule, and remains so now... Temirkanov has reached such a level of mutual understanding with the orchestra, that it seems to be a continuation of his hands... this orchestra has become an essential worldwide ambassador of the Russian symphonic school”. (Le Figaro, 2013)