We thought you might like to know that two of Russia’s most acclaimed musicians are appearing at the Barbican this autumn.
On Thursday 27 November Yuri Bashmet, the man who single-handedly brought the viola to the front of the orchestra as a solo instrument, will perform in recital. Without doubt the greatest viola player of all time, his vigorous and often furious technique has made him a concert hall favourite throughout the world. At the Barbican he will fulfil a long held ambition to play Bach’s finest solo work, when he performs a special arrangement of the Suite No 1 for solo cello alongside the Viola sonatas of Brahms and Shostakovich.
On Sunday 14 December baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky is joined by the Moscow Chamber Orchestra and compatriot conductor Constantine Orbelian for a concert including a series of Russian romances. Ever since Hvorostovsky beat Byrn Terfel to win the BBC Cardiff Singer of the Year he has been in huge demand in concert halls and opera house throughout the world; in this return visit to the Barbican he will sing songs from his homeland alongside Neapolitan songs and arias by Mozart, Handel and Gluck.
Tickets for both these concerts start at just £7, for further details or to book online visit www.barbican.org.uk/greatperformers or call the Box Office on 020 7638 8891.