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National Symphony Orchestra

Saturday, May 13, 2023 at 8:00 pm


Jaime Martín, conductor

Kirill Gerstein, piano


Ian Wilson Man-o’-War

Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 2

Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade


The National Symphony Orchestra makes a welcome return to Leisureland, on this occasion with its acclaimed and charismatic Chief Conductor Jaime Martín and pianist, Kirill Gerstein, hailed for ‘the kind of serious, intelligent and virtuosic music-making that keeps classical music alive’ (The Observer).

Kirill Gerstein is the soloist for Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Concerto. Unabashedly lyrical and passionate, the yearning melody at its heart famously used in David Lean’s iconic 1945 film Brief Encounter, it’s a work of bravura brilliance for soloist and orchestra alike, boasting some of the most immediately unforgettable, achingly beautiful and romantic music ever to sway lovers and listeners.

Magical, mysterious and mesmerising, and taking its inspiration from a classic tale in The Arabian Nights, Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade evokes all its magic and mystery, romance and drama in a ravishing orchestral showcase that makes rich and vivid use of orchestral sections to unforgettably ink in its tale of peril, poetry, playfulness and passion.

Ian Wilson’s bold, brassy, image-saturated Man-o’-War is a brilliant, incident-filled soundtrack to an imagined film that brings the violent, storm-tossed, becalmed and hellish life on board a sail-driven warship into vivid, visceral immediacy.



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