Kikimora is a malevolent witch in Russian folklore. She inhabits any house of her choice and causes continual trouble. Liadov loved the spooky and occult. Here, he gives rein to his fertile musical imagination and we can do likewise as our witch takes flight to sow mischief where she will.
Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 3 was the composer’s favourite, and its popularity has grown since it was championed by Horowitz in the 1930s. Its notorious difficulty has created an aura of fear for pianists worldwide.
‘Fountains of Rome’ is one of Respighi’s best known works, and the first of three centred on the capital of the ancient Empire. A mammoth orchestra and exquisite impressionist sonorities provide treats to be relished. The same may be said of Stravinsky’s ‘Firebird’ Suite. Originally a ballet, it established itself as an orchestral masterpiece of immense character, overflowing with energy and Russian earthiness. A huge success at its Paris première in 1910, it paved the way for the amazement kindled by Petrushka in 1911 and the sensational fisticuffs that greeted the ‘Rite of Spring’ in 1913.
Admission: £18, £16 (concessions), £8 (students), £5 (under 14)
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