Although the most popular work from each composer will not be played here, the audience can expect a genuine treat nonetheless. Instead of Tchaikovsky's overture-fantasy from Romeo and Juliet, the Bolshoi Orchestra will perform another piece inspired by a Shakespeare drama. The Hamlet Overture was written in 1888 at the time of the composer's famous fifth symphony. Rather than Frenchman Édouard Lalo's Spanish Rhapsody, a concerto well known to Tchaikovsky, the orchestra will play his powerful and experimental Cello Concerto, scored three years later. The programme also includes some of Prokofiev's less frequently heard works - extracts from a ballet first performed in the Bolshoi itself in November 1945. Originally founded to serve the theatre, the orchestra has been performing concerts independently since 1919. It is headed by Alexander Lazarev, winner aged just 25 of the 1972 Karajan Music Prize in Berlin, one of the world's top conducting competitions. From 1987 to 1995, he succeeded Yuri Simonov as Chief Conductor to the Bolshoi Symphony Orchestra. In 2011, he is due to take up the position of Artistic Director at the institution, which is currently undergoing refurbishment costing in excess of $700 million. Tonight's concert will feature Sol Gabetta, winner of a host of prestigious awards, including the International Tchaikovsky Competition and the ARD Music Competition in Munich. Born in Argentina but now a resident of Switzerland, she has played with some of the world's most renowned orchestras, from the Vienna Philharmonic to the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.
9 April 2011, 7.30 pm - Palace of Arts (Művészetek Palotája), Béla Bartók National Concert Hall