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    Shostakovich’s Orango – an incomplete opera whose manuscript came to light only in 2004 – is a glossy fusion of wit and political venom.

    The ‘Orango’ of the title is half man, half ape – a symbol of the decadent West. It’s a work matched for vivid colouring by Bartók’s violent and sexually charged ballet-pantomime The Miraculous Mandarin.

    French pianist David Fray returns following his Proms debut in 2011 to play Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 24 – written at the height of the composer’s fame in Vienna as a performer of his own works.

  • Programme

    Bartók
    The Miraculous Mandarin 32’

    Mozart
    Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K491 29’

    interval

    Shostakovich, orch. G. McBurney
    Orango – Prologue 32’
    (semi-staged; sung in Russian)

    David Fray piano
    Natalia Pavlova Susanna
    Natalia Yakimova Renée
    Alexander Shagun Armand Fleury
    Alexander Trofimov Paul Mâche
    Vladimir Babokin Foreigner 1
    Oleg Losev Foreigner 2
    Dmitry Koleushko Zoologist
    Ivan Novoselov Orango
    Leo Elhardt Voice from the Crowd
    Denis Beganski Master of Ceremonies
    Yuri Yevchuk Veselchak
    Philharmonia Voices
    Philharmonia Orchestra
    Esa-Pekka Salonen conductor
    Irina Brown stage director