Russian National Orchestra (Russia)

Wednesday, October 17, 2007 20:00     Macao Cultural Centre Grand Auditorium     400

Conductor: Alexander Vedernikov

Mikhail Glinka (1804-1857): Russlan and Ludmilla Overture
Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953): Excerpts from Romeo and Juliet Suites, Nos. 1/2
Piotr I. Tchaikovsky (1840-1893): Symphony No. 5 in E minor, op. 64

Musical Director and Chief Conductor of the Bolshoi Theatre, Maestro Alexander Vedernikov leads the audience on a classical voyage to the world of three of Russia's greatest composers. A palette of colourful rhythms introduces this orchestra, who set the programme in motion with Mikhail Glinka, the father of Russian nationalism in music. The strings swagger to a sarcastic Sergei Prokofiev, then Piotr I. Tchaikovsky bids adieu with his Fifth Symphony. This work, long laboured over, is punctuated with typical Russian fatalism and soothed by the first use of a waltz in symphonic history.

Duration: approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes, including one interval