A. Dvorak. J. Brahms
Musical heritage of Brahms is extensive and includes many genres. Four symphonies by the composer are the highest symphonic achievements of the second half of the 19 century. Brahms gives one more, new decision of genre in the Third Symphony. It doesn’t resemble either the First or the Second Symphony, although it embodies the same main traditions of his style, combining classical Beethoven’s and romantic Schoubert’s traditions. Its dramaturgy is unique: from pathetic, anxious, but rather warm Major first part to dramatic Minor final, full of struggle.
Concerto in B Minor by Antonin Dvorak is very likely the most large-scale of cello masterpieces of Romantic period will be executed by People’s Artist of Russia, laureate of the State Award and the Moscow City Mayor’s Award Alexander Rudin. He is a graduate of the Gnesins’ Academy of Music majoring in cello in piano (1983) and the Moscow State Conservatory named after P. Tchaikovsky majoring in symphonic conducting (1989), professor of the Moscow Conservatory. A. Rudin is a prize-winner of several international competitions: the J.S. Bach International Music Competition in Leipzig (1976), the Gaspar Cassado International Music Competition in Florence (1979), the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow (1978, 1982). Nowadays cellist Alexander Rudin is one the most prominent players of Russian cello school. His artistic style is distinguished by inimitable, natural and fascinating playing manner, and profound interpretation and taste of the musician make his every performance a refined masterpiece. Alexander Rudin gained the status of the musician who opens unknown but wonderful pages of world musical heritage to thousands of listeners. Maestro set up a distinctive record at his anniversary concert in November 2010 which was a significant landmark in his creative work – he played six Concertos for cello and orchestra from Haydn to Dvorak and Shostakovich within one evening! The musician has recorded over 30 CDs for Naxos, “Russian Season”, “Olympia”, “Hyperion”, “Tudor”, “Melody”, “Fuga libera” labels.