Conductor Ben Gernon joins the BBC Philharmonic to bring us into the new year as we begin the second half of our 2022-23 season.
The concert opens with an atmospheric picture of dawn over Moscow in Shostakovich’s orchestration of the Prelude to Act I of Mussorgsky’s opera Khovantshina. Alban Gerhardt deftly weaves his way through Anna Clyne’s masterful DANCE, a five-movement folkish foray into the timelessly lyrical lines of Persian poet Rumi. Brimming with both complexity and personality, Clyne’s concerto whets our appetite for Rachmaninov’s full-blooded Second Symphony – here lush melody and symphonic depth flow from one of Russia’s most Romantic souls.
Mussorgsky orch. Shostakovich Prelude to Act I, Khovantshina (Dawn on the Moscow River) Anna Clyne DANCE Rachmaninov Symphony No 2
Ben Gernon conductor Alban Gerhardt cello BBC Philharmonic