The second concert in the popular Llewellyn Series is proudly supported by the Embassy of the Russian Federation as a Centenary gift to Canberra. Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to the Commonwealth of Australia Mr Vladimir Morozov expressed his enthusiasm for the music of Russia to be shared with the people of Canberra.
“This year marks a historic date – the Centenary of Canberra – and in the course of these celebrations we are proud to support the Canberra Symphony Orchestra in organising this concert, Pictures at an Exhibition,” Mr Vladimir Morozov. “It is a pleasure for me that citizens of Canberra will have an opportunity to listen to the masterpieces of prominent Russian composers and feel the beauty of Russian culture.”
The concert begins with the rousing experience of Shostakovich’s Festive Overture and is followed by Rachmaninov’s beloved Piano Concerto No 2. The concerto will be brought to life by Russian pianist and winner of the 2008 Sydney International Piano Competition Konstantin Shamray. His 2010 performance of Rachmaninov’s fiendish third concerto with the CSO was an unforgettable experience for all of those privileged enough to have heard it. Now Milton and Shamray bring their combined talents to this extraordinary work, a masterpiece of unrivalled virtuosity.
The night concludes with Mussorgsky’s extraordinary musical depiction of a series of paintings Pictures At An Exhibition. This remains one of the undisputed masterpieces of the Russian repertoire with its glorious colours, wondrous textures, pulsing intensity and radiant beauty.
Llewellyn Series 13:2 is sure to see audiences warmed by the passion of these three famous Russian composers as they depart into the chilled autumn evening.