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About the Concert
STEPHEN HOUGH PLAYS RACHMANINOFF
October 20 – 8PM, Friday / Seoul Arts Center, Concert Hall
Vassily Sinaisky, conductor
Stephen Hough, piano
Schreker, Ekkehard, Op. 12 (Asian premiere)
Rachmaninoff, Piano Concerto No. 1 in F-sharp minor, Op.1 (1919 version)
Tchaikovsky, Symphony No. 6, Op. 74 ‘Pathetique’
Maestro Vasily Sinaisky is the Russian powerhouse who used to head Moscow’s fabled Bolshoi Theatre. Stephen Hough is a phenomenon: a piano virtuoso whose laser-like brightness and precision is matched by an intellect so powerful that he’s been awarded a MacArthur Foundation “Genius Grant”. Combine the two in Rachmaninoff’s youthful First Piano Concerto, and this is likely to be a performance to remember. Two landmarks of late Romanticism set the context: Tchaikovsky’s searing Pathétique symphony is a musical autobiography at its most tuneful, most direct and most overwhelmingly emotional, and Sinaisky will quite simply tear its heart out. Schreker’s stormy Ekkehard-Overture of 1903is less familiar – but Sinaisky believes in it every bit as strongly.
One of the great Russian conductors schooled in the tradition of Musin and Kondrashin, Vassily Sinaisky is known for his interpretations of Russian, German and English repertoire. Sinaisky also has a distinguished pedigree as an operatic conductor and from 2010 to 2013, was Chief Conductor and Music Director of the Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow. Vass...
One of the most distinctive artists of his generation, Stephen Hough combines a distinguished career as a pianist with those of composer and writer. Named by The Economist as one of Twenty Living Polymaths, Hough was the first classical performer to be awarded a MacArthur Fellowship and was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire...