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now, as always, turned out to be unusually "delicious", generous sound palette, including rarely performed works. Stylistically, Rachmaninoff's opus subtly combined with the themes of Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Stravinsky, Gershwin, Schedrin, etc. But the main stuff is, of course, hits such as piano concertos, symphonies, Symphonic dances.
One of the most exciting concerts of the festival — the Second Symphony of Rachmaninov. Maestro Alexander Sladkovsky (artistic Director of the state orchestra of the Republic of Tatarstan) increased the orchestra is almost twice of the composition specified Rachmaninoff: more than a hundred musicians played on stage. Of course, this added grandeur to the execution: if Rachmaninoff himself in life, for example, relied on four French horns, Sladkovsky they were almost twice as much.
Music went from barely audible velvet sound orchestra grew, filled with power, filled with melody hall. It is seen that the dynamics worked out by the conductor in detail. Here merge the grandeur of the composer's idea and hard work of artistic Director over the perfect sound of the orchestra.
Cello gently opened the first part of the melody, which in the future will be the leitmotif through all parts of the work. The dialogue of the violins and woodwinds leads to a bright climax that can say, will last until the third part. The sound of brass instruments touching their consistency and purity. The most interesting part of the Symphony made the final. Often bands lose concentration during the performance of such a large cycle is like a Symphony. Here the opposite happened: a bright finale was really the apotheosis of the whole work, though, and was performed traditionally in a shortened version.
...Interesting "to throw mostacci" in time. Rachmaninoff long to decide on the creation of this work, because for three years no single note was written after the failure of his First Symphony. Yes, this failure caused the composer a devastating blow and led him into depression. Moreover, even after the premiere of the Second piano Concerto, which was a success, the composer was not confident in his abilities.
Thus, the Second Symphony was altered several times and was published only in 1908. And... it was a triumph!
Simple folk motifs that constitute the basis of all four movements of the Symphony, both then and now care about the Russian soul. All the parts come together. The listener recognizes familiar themes of the Second and Third piano concertos, his famous romances and imagination is already drawing vast expanses of Russia... So, in the performance of the RT state orchestra the whole Symphony is listened in one breath — a sort of wide geography of Rachmaninoff's creativity.
But we go further. Another summer piece by Rachmaninoff, but already the late period, was made at this concert – "Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini" for piano and orchestra.
the Composer believed that "old language" has a rich and indeed, the romantic melodies of the nineteenth century infused with a playful and lively jazz. The piano part was performed by pianist Denis Matsuev. Alexander Sladkovsky in an interview, said of the pianist: "It is an absolute Unicum, which holds any style. And I also aspire to — comprehend style!". This is difficult to add something.
one of the Rhapsody listener moved to another even more virtuoso — "the Rhapsody in style a Blues" for piano and orchestra by George Gershwin. Gershwin categorically denied the limitations of jazz, the vision of it as dance music. This idea he embodied in his masterpiece. It is interesting that the performers took it a desire for novelty and strangeness: the way it never sounded. Denis Matsuev and his friends, Alexander Zinger (drums) and Andrey Ivanov (double-bass) presented some brilliant improvisations on the theme of the work. The music shimmered different sonorities and gradually picking up the pace with each improvisation. The feet of the listeners otstoyali rhythm, only the format of the concert hall stopped them to rush into a dance, so that was incendiary.
the program Also was declared "Variations on a theme of Paganini for piano and orchestra" by Witold lutosławski, but they were not, and after such a bright bluesy improvisations would be weird to end the concert on these variations, since a greater emotional charge, the public would have little. Line from Russian music to the European and then the American gave a natural finish to the whole concert and didn't require any additions.
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