The masterpieces include Tchaikovsky’s Symphony Number 5, Khachaturian’s Adagio from his ballet “Spartacus”, and Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini.
Aram Khachaturian's ballet Spartacus was first performed in 1956. It is inspired by the life story of Spartacus, the leader of a slave revolt in antiquity, and the events of the Third Servile War.
Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini is written for solo piano and symphony orchestra, closely resembling a piano concerto. The piece is a set of 24 variations on the twenty-fourth and last of Niccolò Paganini's Caprices for solo violin, which has inspired works by several composers
Tchaikovsky wrote his Symphony Number 5 in 1888, ten years after completing his Symphony Number 4. It seems to occupy a middle ground between this "tell-it-all" approach and a secretive attitude. The composer supplied a minimal description in his working notebook, where he suggested that the opening-and recurrent-theme represented "complete resignation before Fate."
The concert will be performed by pianist Igor Chystokletov, HBSO’s artists under the baton of conductor Tran Nhat Minh.