Rachmaninov’s Third Piano Concerto

Thursday 11 April 19:30
Friday 12 April 19:30

Igor Stravinsky viewed Psalm 150 as “a song to be danced.” It was a text that contained, as he saw it, “verses of exaltation but also of anger and judgment, and even of curses.”

Those ideas lay behind Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms, in which voices and instruments are treated as equals. This is one of Stravinsky’s most austere creations but also one of his most powerful and intriguing.

Stravinsky acknowledged the extent to which Byzantine chant had influenced his Symphony, via the Russian Orthodox Tradition. In this concert Thierry Fischer presents the Russian orthodox Easter psalm “Grob tvoi, Spase”, and also the concerto by Rachmaninov that was most clearly shaped by such chant. The undulating melody of the third Piano Concerto weaves its way into one of the most heart-stopping musical narratives of the twentieth century, as a lone virtuoso thunders and against a surging orchestra.

“Alexander Gavrylyuk is, easily, the most compelling pianist of his generation”, Limelight

Generously supported by Stiftelsen Kristian Gerhard Jebsen.

Thierry Fischer, conductor
Lise de la Salle, piano
Bergen Philharmonic Chorus
Edvard Grieg Kor
Royal Northern College of Music Chamber Choir
Håkon Matti Skrede, chorus master
Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Russian Orthodox Easter Hymn: Grob Tvoy, Spase
Sergei Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 3
Igor Stravinsky: Symphony of Psalms