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15 April 2024

Alexander Lazarev presents Shostakovich's Symphony No. 11 at the RNYSO

The Russian National Youth Symphony Orchestra will complete its sixth season in the coming months. Over the past years, the ensemble has mastered a significant repertoire, a significant addition to which will be Shostakovich’s “1905” symphony. On April 20, the orchestra will perform it at the Tchaikovsky Hall under the baton of Alexander Lazarev. The program also includes Brahms’s Second Piano Concerto, soloist – Vadim Rudenko.

Many masters of the older generation performed at the RNYSO console. The collaboration of the ensemble with Alexander Lazarev can be called especially happy and long-lasting: from the very first joint concert, a special mutual understanding arose between the conductor and the orchestra members, which intensifies with each performance. Last season, the RNMSO held the first subscription in its creative biography for one conductor - Alexander Lazarev. The concerts of the cycle featured works by Sibelius and Rachmaninov, as well as Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 10; its second part was the permanent finale of the group’s concerts in the first year of its existence.

Now Lazarev again turns to Shostakovich, whose work occupies a central place in his repertoire: under the direction of the maestro, the young orchestra will master Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 11 (“1905”), written for the fortieth anniversary of the October Revolution and built on the themes of revolutionary songs of 1905. The content of the symphony was often perceived by listeners as broader than the announced program, or even contrary to it. Nevertheless, for “1905” Shostakovich was awarded the Lenin Prize.

The symphonies and concertos of Brahms, whose name gives the name to the current subscription, have long been present in the repertoire of the RNYSO; The first joint program of the orchestra and Alexander Lazarev featured a Double Concerto. Brahms's Second Piano Concerto is considered one of the most labor-intensive works of its genre for a performer. The majestic lyrical-epic opus amazed contemporaries with its extraordinary beauty and complexity at all levels. The solo part will be performed by the laureate of international competitions, world-famous pianist Vadim Rudenko, who also performed with the orchestra conducted by Lazarev with great success.