Yan Pascal Tortelier conducts Academy Symphony Orchestra

Friday, 04.11.2016 13:05, Duke’s Hall

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Yan Pascal Tortelier conductor

Borodin In the Steppes of Central Asia
Prokofiev Symphony no.5, op.100

Yan Pascal Tortelier, Conductor Emeritus of the BBC Philharmonic and Guest Conductor of Honour of the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra, returns to the Academy to conduct a programme of Russian music from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Borodin’s symphonic poem In the Steppes of Central Asia was originally intended for the silver anniversary celebration of the reign of Alexander II of Russia, which was cancelled owing to an assassination attempt in the Winter Palace. Instead, it was dedicated to Liszt and premiered in St Petersburg in 1880 under the baton of fellow Russian composer Rimsky-Korsakov. The piece idyllically portrays the interaction of Russians and Asians in the Caucasus, with contrasting themes representing each group of travellers. Written in 1944, fourteen years after Prokofiev’s Fourth Symphony, the composer’s Fifth was the first of his symphonies to be written in Soviet Russia following years of residence in America and Europe. Though composed at a country retreat far from the action, the work is influenced by the Second World War and its effect on the Soviet Union.

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