Rachmaninoff and Khachaturian regarded themselves as descendants of Tchaikovsky. Shunning 20th century modernism, their late romantic style of heart-on-the-sleeve music, while questioned by critics and musicologists at the time, has endured with audiences to this day. Corinthian Orchestra returns to Sinfonia Smith Square with this not-to-be-missed programme of late romantic Russian music.

Rachmaninoff found it difficult to work during his country’s early attempts at revolution in the years immediately following 1905, but out of this period of instability, came his wonderful Second Symphony with its lush melodic writing and sumptuous orchestration.

Khachaturian carried forward into the mid-twentieth century the colourful, folk-inspired style of 19th century Russian composers. His 1946 cello concerto contains many references to Armenian folk material and dance rhythms. It has been described as more of a symphony with cello than a cello concerto, but is perfectly crafted by a composer who was himself a talented student cellist.

Come explore this music with the Corinthian Orchestra and the talented cellist, Bartholomew LaFollette, under the direction of conductor Leonard Elschenbroich.