2nd concert of the season ticket «Tchaikovsky. Golden Pages of Symphony Classics»
“Our love to Tchaikovsky, to his marvelous music passes from century to century, from generation to generation, that’s its eternity”. (D. Shostakovich)
Italian Capriccio is distinguished by vivid orchestration, melodic richness, inspired poetry. Tchaikovsky wrote in the letter to N. von Meck: “…Italian fantasy (original title of the composition) on national themes is ready in the rough…One may presume that this work will be successful. It will be impressive thanks to delightful themes, some of them I found in collection, some of them I heard in the streets”. The composer created Capriccio being under impression of Roman carnival, warm southern air, and natural fun of crowd.
Tchaikovsky’s capability to composing dances and symphonic style of his mentality are fully expressed in The Nutcracker. (“As ballet is symphony as well” – the composer wrote to the publisher P. Jurgenson on February 28, 1890). Without rejecting and destroying well-established forms and genres of ballet music, Tchaikovsky interprets them in a new way, adding the power of artistic and emotional generalization. The Nutcracker amazes by its artistic wholeness and endless diversity of colours. Ballet music before Tchaikovsky consisted of great number of separate dances alternate with each other and it was possible to replace them randomly. Now ballet acquired musical and dramatic plotline. The Nutcracker was first played as a suite in one of concerts of the Russian Music Society in Petersburg on March 7, 1982 and was a great success. According to the composer’s brother, “five out of six suite movements were repeated at unanimous request of the public”.
Sergey Kondrashev graduated from Moscow State Conservatory named after P. Tchaikovsky majoring in choral conducting (class of Professor V. Goriunov) and in opera and symphonic conducting (classes of Professors M. Ermler and G. Rozhdestvensky). Sergey Kondrashev worked with National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia (Artistic Director and Chief Conductor – Vladimir Spivakov), Russian National Orchestra (Artistic Director – Mikhail Pletnev), and with Symphony Orchestra of Russia as well. From 2005 to 2009 Sergey Kondrashev was a conductor of Moscow City Symphony Orchestra “Russian Philharmonic”. Since 2011 Sergey Kondrashev is Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of Symphony Orchestra of Orpheus Radio station. Tours – USA, China, Germany.