The premiere concert of the subscription cycle will present a program composed of the immortal works of Gustav Mahler, the great Austrian conductor and composer of the 19th century. Mahler's conductor talent was enthusiastically noted by many of his contemporaries, while the composer's own compositions for a long time undeservedly remained incomprehensible and unrecognized. At the sunset of musical romanticism, Mahler creates ten grand symphonic canvases in which he tries to give an answer to the eternal questions of existence, to determine the place of man in this world. A special place among them is occupied by the Ninth Symphony, which was destined to become the composer's last fully completed opus. In it, Mahler refers to an image that has become the philosophical leitmotif of all his late work: this is a mournful farewell to life and illusions, a refusal to fight. Composer Alban Berg, shocked by the Ninth he heard, wrote: “This is an expression of unheard of love for the earth, a passionate desire to live on it in the world, and again and again to the deepest depths to enjoy it, nature - until death comes. Becauseit is irresistibly approaching."
The conductor of the concert is the Music Director and Chief Conductor of the orchestra Pavel Kogan - People’s Artist and Laureate of the State Prize of Russia, whose contribution to art was awarded the most prestigious international awards. Under his direction, an inimitable performing style of the collective was formed, in a diverse repertoire of which the refined depth of interpretation is combined with the virtuosity of the performance.
“What a depth! What courage and what harmony!”, - so, in the words of Pushkin's Salieri, let’s try to convey the whole multifaceted essence of the brilliant art of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. His music, so clear and, at the same time, incomprehensible, reveals the most diverse facets of human life in its entirety. The evening's program will be opened by the composer's overture to the opera «Don Juan», in which two opposing beginnings of life are inextricably intertwined – the ominous tread of rock and the seething stream of life. In the same year as «Don Juan», Mozart creates the Piano Concerto in A Major (No. 23). The surprisingly soft, pastel timbre of the clarinet, newly introduced by the composer, coupled with a sophisticated piano part, creates a feeling of an intimate, chamber performance. And the sounds of the famous Adagio of the concerto convey a painful feeling of longing, behind which you can see the face of a completely “different”, unusually serious Mozart-philosopher. The solo part in the concert will be performed by Dmitry Shishkin, laureate of the XVI International Tchaikovsky Competition (II Prize).
In the second part of the concert, the Fourth “Tragic” symphony of the European romantic composer Franz Schubert will sound. The imaginative content of this work is best suited for the Beethoven concept “from darkness to light”. The author embodied in the musical sounds of the symphony his own despair and cold of loneliness, poetic love and the pure joy of life.
Uroš Lajovic, a Slovenian conductor and famous music teacher, awarded the Austrian honorary badge “For Science and Art”, will stand at the conductor desk.
25 November 2020
J. BRAHMS – Violin Concerto in D-dur, op.77
A. DVOŘÁK – Symphony № 9 in E-moll, op.95, B.178 (“From the New World”)
The final concert of the philharmonic subscription № 80 “MSSO” will present a program composed from the compositions of the two greatest composers of late romanticism - Johannes Brahms and Antonin Dvořák.
The scale of the creative personality of Johannes Brahms is often compared with two other great figures of German music - Bach and Beethoven: the art of each of them marks the culmination of an era in the history of music. A special place in the composer's creative heritage is held by the Violin Concerto in D-dur. The work dedicated by Brahms to his close friend, violinist Joseph Joachim, amazes with the difficulty of the solo part, designed for the outstanding technical abilities of the soloist. The concerto is imbued with a typically Brahms' sense of light solemnity, which is only occasionally disturbed by dramatic images invaded the movement of music. The solo part in the concert will be performed by Nikita Borisoglebsky - a wonderful virtuoso, awarded the title "Honored Artist of Russia", a laureate of International competitions, among whicharethe 13th Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow (2007, II prize and five special prizes), Queen Elizabeth Competition in Brussels (2009, V prize). In 2010, the musician won the First prize at the F. Kreisler competitions in Vienna and the J. Sibelius competition in Helsinki, and in 2013 he won the Monte Carlo Violin Masters Grand Prix in Monaco.
In the second part, the Ninth Symphony “From the New World” by the Czech composer Antonin Dvořák, created under the influence of the landscapes of the Great American Plain and its inhabitants, will be performed. Dvořák once noticed that wherever he works - in America or England - he always wrote true Czech music. It is no coincidence that in his last symphony, the bizarre rhythms of Native American and Negro folklore were closely intertwined with the songs of his native Czech Republic. Mikhail Nesterovich, the renowned Polish conductor leading the Chilean Symphony Orchestra, will perform at the conductor's desk.