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Concert Hour: 'From the Russian Soul' (Pt. 1 of 2)

"From the Russian Soul" is the title of the concert in this week's show. Recorded at the most recent Beethovenfest Bonn, it pairs a work by the genius at the core of the event with Russian classics.

Yekaterinburg's skyline

Yekaterinburg is one of Russia's lesser-known but significant cultural centers

When people think of Russia's creative scene, Moscow and Saint Petersburg are bound to come to find first. But the country's cultural life extends far beyond - as indicated by the city of Yekaterinburg and its Ural Philharmonic Orchestra. That orchestra is the star of our shows this week and next.

We open with Beethoven's Feast Day Overture. Though not one of the composer's most famous pieces, conductor Dimitry Liss was happy to choose it, as he told DW: "It's very light. There is no real struggle like in Egmont, for example. No philosophical questions. But it's full of joy, and the same time you feel sometimes Beethoven's power and craziness in some bars of the overture - very vibrant and colorful."

The choice for the second work on the program came not from Liss but from piano soloist Boris Berezovsky. Based in London, he has recorded often with the Ural Philharmonic Orchestra and says he appreciates both the orchestra and the dynamism of its hometown.

Rounding out the show: a snippet from an ongoing series of concerts at the festival that also bring the sounds of Russia to Bonn, courtesy of the renowned Borodin Quartet.

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Feast Day Overture in C Major, op. 115

Sergei Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
Piano concerto No. 2 in C Minor, op. 18

Boris Berezovsky, piano
Ural Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Dimitry Liss

Recorded by West German Radio, Cologne (DLR) in the Beethoven Hall, Bonn, on September 20, 2013

Dmitry Shostakovich (1906-1975)
String Quartet No. 2 in A Major, op. 68 (excerpt)

Borodin Quartet

Recorded by West German Radio (WDR) in the Arp Museum, Bonn, on October 1, 2013

Rebroadcasting rights: One broadcast before February 9, 2015

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