RPO: Michael Petrov Performs Tchaikovsky


Please note that this concert takes place at 3pm.

Beethoven Egmont Overture
Grieg Two Elegiac Melodies for String Orchestra
Tchaikovsky
Variations on a Rococo Theme
Mendelssohn
Symphony No.4, ‘Italian’

Conductor Rory Macdonald
Cello
Michael Petrov

Beginning the concert is Beethoven’s potent and weighty Egmont Overture, opening with strong, grand chords set against soothing, plaintive cries from the woodwind. Grieg’s rich and glowing Two Elegiac Melodies for String Orchestra follows, expressing the wounds of life and the hope of faith.

Tchaikovsky’s love for Mozart inspired his charming Variations on a Rococo Theme, performed here by captivating young cellist Michael Petrov. The Russian master also greatly appreciated Mendelssohn’s music, with the ‘Italian’ Symphony
being one of his favourites. Although not particularly Italian in style, Mendelssohn’s Symphony opens in a blaze of Mediterranean light with a sunny theme that has become one of the composer’s best known and most‑loved melodies.

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