POSTPONED 9 June 2020: Prokofiev, Shchedrin, Weinberg

We’re sad to announce that we have to postpone our June 2020 concert due to the ongoing health crisis and concern for all involved. We hope to be able to re-programme this concert later in 2021.

Thank you for your continued support of Salomon Orchestra. We will do our best to find alternative ways to keep the orchestra’s spirit going through the summer and to keep in touch with our supporters. Meanwhile we hope you stay well.

Conducted by Graham Ross

Prokofiev Cinderella Suite No.1

Shchedrin Concerto for Orchestra No.1 ‘Naughty Limericks’

Weinberg Symphony No.3

First performed at the Bolshoy Theatre after the end of the ‘Great Patriotic War’ (during which Prokofiev’s attention turned to his opera War and Peace) Prokofiev’s Cinderella is based on classical ballet traditions. The movements for the subsequent suites were amended by Prokofiev to give them a more symphonic feel. The first suite scenes includes ugly sisters squabbling, Cinderella’s transformation, a mazurka for the entry of the prince, Cinderella’s waltz and the clock striking midnight with the shattering of the spell.

The humour and irony of the Russian folk idiom the chastushka permeates Shchedrin’s first Concerto for Orchestra. Brevity, variety and repartee are ingeniously scored in this appropriately short work with a twist in the tail.

Prokofiev’s music was a great influence on Weinberg, as was that of his close friend Shostakovich who reciprocated by drawing on some of the younger composer’s ideas. Born to a Polish Jewish family he fled to the Soviet Union at the outbreak of war. The first movement of Weinberg’s 3rd Symphony is bright in tone and includes a Belarus folk tune, but the work was his first that ran into trouble with Andrei Zhdanov’s anti-formalism crusade, which may have led to his eventual demise had Stalin not died on the same day as Prokofiev in 1953. Weinberg was prolific in different forms of music: he won a Palme d’Or at the Cannes Festival in 1958 for his music for the animation ‘The Cranes are Flying’.