Violin Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 63
Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, Op. 28
Symphony No. 9 in E flat major, Op. 70
Vadim Repin violin
Marios Papadopoulos conductor
Vadim Repin makes a welcome return following his heartening performance with us in 2016. This time, the Russian violinist brings us not Shostakovich but Prokofiev, and a concerto in which wondrous fantasy and nervous energy meet to enchanting effect. After Prokofiev's concerto and a deliciously impulsive slice of Saint-Saens, Marios Papadopoulos takes us back to Shostakovich and life in mid-century Soviet Russia. Beneath the clashing waltzes and cartoon chases of the composer's ninth symphony of 1945 is the underlying message that life under the regime was anything but fun.