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Mariinsky & RSNO

Two great orchestras come together
Wednesday 23 August 2017
Usher Hall

Mariinsky Orchestra
Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Valery Gergiev Conductor

Prokofiev Symphony No 1 in D 'Classical'
Britten Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge
Shostakovich Symphony No 4

Only at the International Festival could you experience two of the world’s finest orchestras in a single concert.

Powerhouse conductor Valery Gergiev here conducts both: his own Mariinsky Orchestra from St Petersburg and Scotland’s own Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Each in a masterpiece from the 20th century: the Mariinsky in the wit and charm of Prokofiev’s ‘Classical’ Symphony; and the RSNO in the remarkable evocations of Britten’s Frank Bridge Variations.

Both orchestras join forces for the overwhelming power of Shostakovich’s Fourth Symphony, whose shattering climaxes demand the most gargantuan forces the composer ever wrote for.

This concert will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on 13 September

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70th Anniversary

A celebration of two great 20th century composers with deep connections to the International Festival and who met each other here in the 1960s.

  • Running time: 
    2hrs 15mins approx (one interval)


Usher Hall

Lothian Road

Supported by

Dunard Fund



Mariinsky Orchestra
Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Valery Gergiev Conductor

Prokofiev Symphony No 1 in D 'Classical'
Britten Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge
Shostakovich Symphony No 4

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Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre
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Royal Scottish National Orchestra
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Valery Gergiev
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This event was part of a previous International Festival and is therefore unavailable to book.

The 2018 International Festival will be available to browse online in the spring.


Grand circle: £47 £38.50 £29
Stalls: £47 £38.50 £29
Upper circle: £26 £19 £13
Organ gallery: £13

Current discounts

Under 18s: 50% OFF
Young Scot cardholders: 50% OFF