Royal Philharmonic Orchestra: Russian Ripples @ Cliffs Pavilion
Join the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for an evening of outstanding and powerful classics from a host of Russian masters, including Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, Mussorgsky and Rimsky-Korsakov.
You’ll be riveted as Mussorgsky’s Night on Bare Mountain swirls forth with the instantly recognisable nightmarish qualities that inspired Walt Disney to include it in Fantasia. Packed full of dark and dramatic themes, this piece contrasts Rimsky-Korsakov’s Capriccio Espagnol which is inspired by Spanish folk tunes.
The concert opens with Borodin’s commanding Prince Igor from his Polovstian Dances, followed by Rachmaninov’s stirring Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini performed by Benjamin Frith. The legend that the violin virtuoso Paganini sold his soul to the devil for immeasurable talent inspired Rachmaninov with this piece ranging from ghostly stirrings to demonic marches.
This quintessentially Russian concert draws to a close with Khachaturian’s Spartacus Suite No.2: Adagio that soars and swells with a Hollywood-esque style confidence and Tchaikovsky’s iconic 1812 Overture. The perfect way to spend a spring evening!