Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra return to Cadogan Hall with two programmes celebrating the music of Rimsky-Korsakov and his most famous pupil Stravinsky.

Following his success last year with both Prokofiev concerti, Kristóf Baráti returns with the Mariinsky for Stravinsky’s Violin Concerto in D on 9th October.

Rimsky-Korsakov’s suite from The Tale of Tsar Saltan is best known for its orchestral showpiece Flight of the Bumblebee, and the suite from The Golden Cockerel is no less colourful and virtuosic.

Both programmes finish with major works linked to the Mariinsky, Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes. Stravinsky’s dazzling ballet score The Firebird, commissioned by Diaghilev, shot him to instant fame. Rimsky-Korsakov’s glorious symphonic poem Scheherazade, based on Tales of the Arabian Nights, was itself turned into a well-loved ballet for Diaghilev.

Programme on 8 October

Starts at 7 p.m.


Rimsky-Korsakov Suite from The Golden Cockerel


Stravinsky Symphony in C


Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade


Valery Gergiev – conductor


Programme on 9 October  Starts at 7.30 p.m.


Stravinsky Concerto in D (for string orchestra)


Rimsky-Korsakov Suite from The Tale of Tsar Saltan


Stravinsky Violin Concerto in D


Stravinsky Suite from The Firebird


Valery Gergiev – conductor; Kristóf Baráti  – violin