SHOSTAKOVICH Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 77
MUSSORGSKY (arr. by RAVEL) Pictures at an Exhibition
Vadim Repin violin
Marios Papadopoulos conductor
Siberian-born violinist Vadim Repin brings his trademark virtuosity and poetic ardour to Oxford in a stunning evocation of Shostakovich’s First Violin Concerto.
Outlawed by Stalinist doctrine for years after its composition, the work continues to captivate audiences with its bewitching synthesis of alluring narrative, political angst and forbidden burlesque. Ravel’s vivid illustration of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition redefines the acoustic memorial to Mussorgsky’s cherished friend, the artist Victor Hartmann. Touring Parisian catacombs, old castles and a witch’s den, Hartmann’s paintings come to life in a blaze of orchestral fervour under the baton of Marios Papadopoulos, whose recording of Mussorgsky’s original piano version continues to be enjoyed worldwide.
Supported by Geoffrey and Caroline de Jager