Martyn Brabbins conductor
Timothy Edlin bass-baritone
Emma Roberts mezzo soprano
RCM Symphony Orchestra
Mark Biggins chorus director
Mussorgsky (orch Kalevi Aho) Songs of Dances and Death
Prokofiev Alexander Nevsky
Visiting Professor of Conducting Martyn Brabbins conducts his second concert of the season.
The full sound of the RCM Symphony Orchestra combines with the RCM Chorus for a rousing evening of symphony and song from three of Russia's greatest composers. Stravinsky's 30-minute ballet score opens the programme and immediately impresses with its skilful handling of dynamics and delicate harp melodies. Mussorgsky's darkly brilliant song cycle follows, arranged for bass voice and orchestra by Kalevi Aho.
Concluding the evening is Prokofiev's epic score to Sergei Eisenstein's 1938 war film, Alexander Nevsky. Prokofiev's masterly manipulation of instrumentation and timbre vividly depicts the movie’s most memorable scenes, from the monumental battle between the Teutonic Knights and the Russian troops, to the deeply moving funereal tribute to the fallen.