Liadov Kikimora; Shostakovich Violin Concerto No1 – Soloist Savva Zverev;
Conductor – David Chatwin
Two of this evening’s composers were born in St Petersburg and the third was a professor at the Conservatoire. As if that were not enough coincidence, our soloist is from…St Petersburg too and what better choice of music to demonstrate the talent from that city and illustrate our theme of ”Fable and Fantasy” than Liadov’s overtureKikimora and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade.
“Kikimora”is an evil Slavic house spirit, who inhabits the cellar, or sometimes lives behind the stove, or under floorboards. She is perhaps the scariest of all Slavic household spirits and, like Baba Yaga of Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition,” has chicken like features including a beak and chicken’s legs. (Listen for the ‘chicken’ played on the xylophone).
Shostakovich’sViolin Concerto, written in 1947/48 when the Soviet authorities had banned his music, received its first performance in 1955. The soloist this evening, Savva Zverevthe young Russian from St Petersburg is currently studying at the RNCM in Manchester and has performed throughout Europe and the USA.
Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade is based on the storyteller of the tale from one thousand and one nights. Listen to Sinbad’s voyages, a shipwreck and the tale of the Prince and Princess.Fable and Fantasy indeed
Tickets £6 – £18