Alexander Shelley conducts Russian masterpieces
Emerging from a musical family, talented British conductor Alexander Shelley has firmly established himself on the international concert scene and makes a welcome return to the Orchestra for this spectacular programme. The dramatic Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture, for many the most perfect expression of the fate of those star-cross’d lovers, is followed by Rachmaninov’s lushly-scored set of variations for piano and orchestra, performed by Peter Jablonski. Scheherazade, a series of musical tales drawn from The Arabian Nights, remains Rimsky-Korsakov’s best-loved work. The scoring is masterly, and its heady mix of sumptuous melody and overwhelming orchestral climaxes has served to maintain the universal popularity of the score.
- Romeo and Juliet, fantasy overture
- Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
- Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
- Sergey Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
- Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908)