Enjoy the Finest from St Petersburg


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There’s a treat in store later for lovers of Russian classical music when the St Petersburg Philharmonic come to the Anvil.

You will know from previous reviews on Winchester Today that the Anvil excels in this kind of performance, and it’s well worth the 16 minute train journey!

You can expect the following tonight:

Mussorgsky: Dawn on the Moscow River

Shostakovich: Violin Concerto no 1

Tchaikovsky: Symphony no 5

Sergei Dogadin – violin

Vassily Sinaisky – conductor

The peaceful and evocative prelude to Mussorgsky’s opera Khovanshchina belies the powerful drama in the opera that follows.

This is followed by Shostakovich’s violin concerto, one of the finest of the twentieth century.  Its four movements include a hushed and poignant nocturne, an imaginative passacaglia – variations over a repeated bass line – and an unstoppable finale.

Soloist Sergei Dogadin joins the orchestra this evening – he has won both the Tchaikovsky and Joseph Joachim competitions and is the latest in an illustrious line of Russian violinists, having studied with Maxim Vengerov amongst others.

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Finally, Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony was composed on his return to Russia in 1888 after a successful European concert tour.  The waltz feel of much of the first movement foreshadows the waltz which takes the place of the usual scherzo.  The slow movement is pure melody, while the finale is a burst of power and orchestral colour.

There is a pre-concert talk at 6.30pm in The Forge.  Join Jonathan James in conversation.  To book you free tickets, call the box office.

Tickets for the St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra are priced £41, £37, £30, £23, £15; under 25s and f/t students £11 (includes £3 booking fee).  For more information or for tickets, call the Anvil Arts box office on 01256 844244, or visit anvilarts.org.uk.