The Mighty Handful

This programme of music at the Royal Opera House was the 2016 annual celebration of the ROH Orchestra, founded in 1946. This year’s programme was inspired by the “Mighty Handful” of Russian composers of the late nineteenth century – perfect for me. The programme included the following:

Rimsky-Korsakov: Prelude and the Battle of Kerzhenets from The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevroniya
Rimsky-Korsakov: Flight of the Bumblebee from The Tale of Tsar Sultan
Borodin: Symphony no.2
Musorgsky: St John’s Night on Bare Mountain
Cui: Prelude to Act III of William Ratcliff
Balakirev: Islamey

I really enjoyed this concert – an unusual experience given I’m normally watching opera or ballet at the ROH, with the orchestra relegated to the pit. It was good to see the orchestra taking centre stage – literally as well as figuratively.

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