3rd concert of the season ticket «Tchaikovsky. Golden Pages of Symphony Classics»
According to Tchaikovsky, creation of a symphony was a kind of “the soul’s music confession” for him. Tchaikovsky’s symphonism possesses lyrical and dramatic, contentious character. He made the theme of a person’s struggle for the right to be happy the central in his creative work. He founded new symphonic genre in Russian music – tragic symphony. The Fourth Symphony was written in winter 1876-1877. Tchaikovsky depicted the process of creation in the letters to N. von Meck, later he devoted this work to her. Though the composer concealed von Meck’s name, he wrote “To my best friend” on the first page of the score. This symphony is by right considered to be the first symphonic composition, where Tchaikovsky introduced the theme of fate. Tchaikovsky entrusted N. Rubenstein, his friend and mentor, the first performer of most of his works, with performing the symphony for the first time.
Overture-Fantasy Romeo and Juliet is based on the themes which embody the main characters and dramatic developments of Shakespeare’s tragedy. Love theme aroused great delight, N. Rimsky-Korsakov wrote: “How inspired! What ineffable beauty, what burning passion! It’s one of the best themes of all Russian music!”
Variations on a Rococo Theme by P. Tchaikovsky is an invaluable gem of Russian classical music. Manysidedness of the main theme and rich opportunities of its development are included in it. Tchaikovsky created a Rococo Theme in distinct Russian style – broad, melodious, and sincere. Each of variations is a complete music miniature, but at the same time unity and wholeness are preserved.
Variations will be played by Denis Shapovalov – one of the most brilliant cellists, laureate of the XI International Tchaikovsky Competition (First Prize). D. Shapovalov graduated from the Moscow State Conservatory and did post-graduate studies (class of Professor, People’s Artist N. Shakhovskaya). The musician performs with such orchestras as Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra, Academic Symphony Orchestra of the St-Petersburg Philharmonic Society, “Moscow Virtuosi”, London Symphony Orchestra, Bayerische Rundfunk Orchester, Yomiuri Symphony Orchestra (Japan), Baltimore Chamber Orchestra (USA), Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Bratislava Symphony Orchestra, Lithuanian Symphony Orchestra. He collaborates with such conductors as V. Spivakov, V. Fedoseev, Y. Bashmet, V. Poliansky, V. Ziva, L. Maazel, J.-P. Saraste, Y. Levi, T. Sanderling, G. Noseda, D. Liss, B. Dawidow, J. Gallant. His music partners are V. Repin, N. Znaider, P. Berman, G. Murzha, A. Lyubimov, A. Ghindin, J. Nakamatsu.