St. David's Hall 7.30 pm Friday 20th October 2017

From Russia...With Love

 Khachaturian    Adagio from Spartacus 
 Rachmaninov  Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor 
 Stravinsky   Petrushka 

Michael Bell – Conductor

Martin James Bartlett - Piano

The centre-piece of this concert is the most beloved of all concertos, Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 2, a work that is as strongly associated with Russian romance as it is with steam trains and the classic British film Brief Encounter. Cardiff Philharmonic Orchestra is thrilled to welcome the 2014 BBC Young Musician of the Year, Martin James Bartlett as soloist. Violinist Nicola Benedetti has spoken of Martin as ‘a natural and powerful musician, he lives and breathes music.’

Stravinsky’s ballet Petrushka is set at a Russian shrovetide fair, and it is his most colourful work. All is well until three puppets are brought to life…

The concert opens with more ballet music, the sumptuous Adagio from Khachaturian’s Spartacus. If Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 2 conjures up images of steam trains then the Adagio from Spartacus owes its immense popularity to the great sailing ships of the BBC's 'The Onedin Line'.

This compelling performance forms part of the city-wide R17 Festival, which marks the centenary of
the Russian Revolution and captures the social and cultural explosion of the era.