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Conductor Yuri Botnari
Piano Freddy Kempf
Shostakovich Festive Overture
Rachmaninov Concerto No. 2
Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition
Photo: Freddy Kempf © Neda Navaee
For the penultimate concert in this year’s series, former Artist in Residence Freddy Kempf makes a welcome return, conducted by the celebrated conductor Yuri Botnari.
Shostakovich’s Festive Overture has been described by Russian musicologist Lev Lebedinsky as a “brilliant effervescent work…its vivacious energy spilling over like uncorked champagne!”
There is no better interpreter of Rachmaninov’s Concerto No. 2 than Freddy Kempf, whose dazzling virtuosic skills are displayed right through to the finale’s tempestuous climax. Mussorgsky’s richly textured Pictures at an Exhibition concludes this outstanding concert.
Did you know?
The score for Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition remained unpublished until 1886, five years after the composer’s death. Then, almost immediately, dozens of composers were drawn to orchestrate it, the most famous being Ravel, whose version you will hear this evening.
6pm at Cambridge University Press Bookshop – Free to concert ticket holders