Saturday, December 3, 2016
Make your plans soon to attend this concert conducted by Gustavo Dudamel in Los Angeles: Dates: Saturday December 3, 2016 at 8:00 PM Sunday, December 4, at 2:00 PM Venue: Walt Disney Concert Hall 111 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012 Performers: Los Angeles Philharmonic Gustavo Dudamel, conductor Daniil Trifonov, piano Program: RACHMANINOFF Piano Concerto No. 3 PROKOFIEV Scythian Suite SCRIABIN Poem of Ecstasy Here is Mr. Trifonov in a recording of the complete Rachmaninov Concerto number 3:
Classical pianist, conductor, teacher, composer, record producer and criticZoltán Kocsis, who has died aged 64 following a long illness, was a member of a distinguished troika of Hungarian pianists – with Dezsö Ránki and András Schiff – who emanated from the late 1960s class of Pál Kadosa at the Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest. Schiff, although the youngest of the trio, was the first to embark on an international career, while Kocsis, like Ránki, remained closer to Hungary, engaging fruitfully with his compatriots, provocatively and often courageously towards officialdom. Kocsis’s contribution to the culture of his native country was all the more valuable in that he was not only a pianist and conductor, but also a teacher, arranger, musicologist, composer, record producer and critic.Underpinning that versatility was a sense of mission: a burning desire to pass on the insights and experience of previous generations. To that end he would proselytise on behalf of, for example, Rachmaninov’s or Bartók’s performances of their own works, even when this approach ran counter to orthodoxy. Thus his interpretations of Bartók (he recorded the complete piano works, both solo and with orchestra, to high acclaim) exemplified his conviction that the “barbarism” traditionally projected in the ubiquitous motor rhythms was too extreme, too mechanical. Kocsis preferred a more flexible and sensitive approach, as had been demonstrated, he maintained, by Bartók himself. Continue reading...
Tharaud plays Rachmaninov on a new recording. Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18, with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Alexander Vedernikov conducting. Morceaux de Fantaisie, Op. 3 Vocalise, Op. 34 No. 14, with Sabine Devieilhe (soprano) Pieces (2) in A major for piano 6 hands – Waltz & Romance, with Aleksandar Madžar (piano) & Alexander Melnikov (piano) Performed by Alexandre Tharaud (piano) French pianist Alexandre Tharaud takes on the ‘Rach 2’ concerto in a thrilling performance with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Russian maestro Alexander Vedernikov. It is coupled with more intimate Rachmaninov for piano six-hands (for which Alexandre is flanked by Alexander Melnikov and Aleksandar Madžar) and the icing on the cake: a sublime Vocalise in the original version for voice and piano, with pure-voiced French soprano Sabine Devieilhe. Alexandre Tharaud this time devoted the entire album to Russian repertoire – specifically to the music of Sergei Rachmaninov. “I was still quite young when I first played this concerto,” explains Tharaud. “I adored it … Rachmaninov’s virtuosity really appeals to young pianists. Today, of course I’m still enthralled by the concerto’s virtuosity, but now I’m more interested in its dark shadows: the sense of despair, of staring into the abyss. My interpretation of Rachmaninov has changed a lot over the years.” Here is Mr. Tharaud, seen rehearsing the concerto number 2:
Wigmore Hall, London The pianist tackled pieces based on Shakespeare and Goethe, but though his playing was technically good the introspective sections were less convincingIt’s quite a challenge to come up with a programme for a piano recital with a Shakespearean theme, but Alexei Volodin managed it, for the first half of his Wigmore Hall concert at least. In fact just one of the works he’d chosen was originally intended for piano – one of Nikolay Medtner’s 34 Skazki (Fairytales). They are miniatures that portray inner dramas, and the C-sharp minor piece that Volodin played, the fourth of the Op 35 set, is prefaced by a famous quote from King Lear: “Blow, wind, and crack thy cheeks.” In fact that turbulent, unrelenting piece showed Volodin at his best, for he seems to belong to the school of Russian-trained players who believe that the faster and louder a piece is played the better. There weren’t many real pianissimos during the evening, and not much in the way of subtle textural effects either. The 10 pieces from Prokofiev’s ballet Romeo and Juliet did better on menace than they did on charm, even in the numbers devoted to Juliet, while Rachmaninov’s transcription of the scherzo from Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Night’s Dream music was taken just a fraction too fast to be cleanly articulated. Continue reading...
Press release, just in: The great Siberian baritone Dimitri Hvorostovsky will give a rare recital this Remembrance Sunday, the 13th of November in the stunning surroundings of the Raphael Gallery at the Victoria & Albert Museum. Dimitri will perform songs by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov and Richard Strauss accompanied by Ivari Ilja on the piano. This gala evening is being given to raise funds for the ArtPointFoundation’s work providing bursaries at the Royal College of Musicians. To purchase tickets please email firstname.lastname@example.org .
Venue: Disney Concert Hall 111 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA Dates: December 1-4, 2016 ARTISTS: Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra Gustavo Dudamel, conductor Daniil Trifonov, piano PROGRAM: RACHMANINOFF: Piano Concerto No. 3 PROKOFIEV: Scythian Suite SCRIABIN: Poem of Ecstasy The Rachmaninov Piano Concert number 3 has the reputation of being one of the most technically challenging piano concertos in the standard repertoire. That’s not surprising because Rachmaninov wrote his concertos for himself, and he was among the greatest virtuosos of his era. He possessed extremely large hands, allowing him to maneuver easily through the most complex passages. His playing was marked by striking clarity; where others sounded blurry from overuse of the pedal or inadequate technique, Rachmaninoff’s playing was crystal clear. New York Times wrote: “The sensational Mr. Trifonov, 24, drew roars of approval as he began a fall residency in New York. He is the star attraction of the [N.Y.] Philharmonic’s Rachmaninoff festival.” The program ends with the Poem of Ecstasy, Scriabin’s one-movement symphonic poem closely related to his intense interest in Theosophy. To accompany (but not be recited with) this piece, Scriabin wrote a poem of over three hundred lines that tracks the ascent of a spirit into consciousness. Here is Daniel Trifinov, performing the piano concerto number 3 by Rachmaninov:
Sergei Rachmaninoff (1 April 1873 28 March 1943) was a Russian composer, pianist, and conductor. Rachmaninoff is widely considered one of the finest pianists of his day and, as a composer, one of the last great representatives of Romanticism in Russian classical music. Early influences of Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, and other Russian composers gave way to a thoroughly personal idiom that included a pronounced lyricism, expressive breadth, structural ingenuity, and a tonal palette of rich, distinctive orchestral colors. The piano is featured prominently in Rachmaninoff's compositional output. He made a point of using his own skills as a performer to explore fully the expressive possibilities of the instrument. Even in his earliest works he revealed a sure grasp of idiomatic piano writing and a striking gift for melody.
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