Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra: Evgeny Kissin


Under the greatest pressure, Shostakovich delivered his most supreme masterpiece. Condemned by the Soviet powers after his satirical opera Lady Macbeth, Shostakovich was ordered to write a symphony rejoicing in Stalin’s reign of terror. The result was a score poetic, sardonic and climactic that ends with a forced smile that proves the most shattering of climaxes. Before it, giant of the Russian piano school Evgeny Kissin joins Marios Papadopoulos for Rachmaninov’s dignified Piano Concerto No. 3 and Prokofiev’s perfectly poised ‘Classical’ symphony – music that betrays few signs of the darkness of later Soviet times.