Moscow City Symphony
Russian Philharmonic

Benefit of Boris Berezovsky

Boris Berezovsky
Date and time: 
Tuesday, March 4, 2014 - 18:00
Venue: 
Moscow State Conservatory. Grand Hall
Program: 
S. Rachmaninoff. Concerto № 4 for piano and orchestra
A. Khachaturian. Concerto for piano and orchestra
Conductor: 
Fabio Mastrangelo (Italy)
Soloist: 
Boris Berezovsky, piano

“Boris Berezovsky is a pianist of rare scenic fascination. Berezovsky’s play is distinguished by incredible technique, deep sound, amazing “facility”, and fantastically beautiful piano. Undoubtedly, we are having real Russian piano school successor” – here’s estimation by authoritative magazine Gramophone.

Boris Berezovsky is one of the most sought-after pianists of the world. His art is distinguished by phenomenal virtuosity, perfect sound with richest dynamic nuances range, convincing interpretations of compositions of different epochs and styles. Subsequent to his brilliant London debut at the Wigmore Hall in 1988, The Times described him as an artist of exceptional promise. The Gold Medal at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow confirmed it. Berezovsky performs with recitals at the most prestigious venues such as Berliner Philharmonie, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Royal Festival Hall of London, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, Konzerthaus of Vienna, Palace of Fine Arts in Brussells, the Megaron in Athens, Tchaikovsky Concert Hall. The pianist is invited by the most prominent orchestras including New York Philharmonic, the Berliner Philharmoniker, the Philadelphia Orchestra, Philharmonia of London, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra, Orchestre National de France, Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Russian National Orchestra, State Symphony Orchestra “Novaya Rossiya”, etc. His partners in Chamber Music are such outstanding musicians as Brigitte Engerer, Vadim Repin, Dmitri Makhtin, and Alexander Kniazev. Boris Berezovsky holds a title of Steinway Artist.

Concerto № 4 for piano and orchestra by S. Rachmaninoff was finished in 1926 (the second edition of this concerto dates back to 1928, the third one was finished in 1941). This concerto has direct connections with previous two, especially with the Third, and at the same time there are new features recognized in Etudes-pictures such as tendency to strict restraint of expression, graphics of musical writing, intensification of dark and gloomy tones sometimes with sinister colouring (“outburst of malign forces” in the final). The premiere of the concerto performed by the author and conductor Leopold Stokovsky took place on March 18, 1927 in Philadelphia.

Concerto for piano and orchestra by A. Khachaturian was written in 1936. Critics wrote about triumphal move of the concerto which became “genuine holiday of piano creation”. The concerto is rich in various musical themes remarkable by their expressiveness and beauty stretching back to different layers of Oriental folk music. Courageous and lyrical, sad and jocose, charmingly delicate and flamy temperamental, they give the concerto unique features of Khachaturian’s style. The concerto is dedicated to its first performer – Lev Oborin, who wrote that “this music attracts by its powerful temperament, originality, vivid virtuosity of solo instrument part and orchestra”.

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