Festival «To the 10th anniversary of Russian Philharmonic»
The First Concerto by P. Tchaikovsky for piano and orchestra is entire epoch in Russian piano music. It excels everything written before in this genre in its significance. At the same time this composition began brilliant development of Russian piano concerto of the next epochs. During about a century and a half The First Concerto for piano and orchestra by Tchaikovsky is one of the tops of performing art. The masterpiece of Russian music classics adorns repertoire of many famous pianists of the world.
Fascinating music of Eastern tale, Scheherazade is the most well-known instrumental composition by Rimsky-Korsakov. The composer placed the following program on the score: “Sultan Shahryar, convinced in cunning and betrayal of women made a vow to behead each of his wives after the first night, but Scheherazade was telling magic stories to the ruler during one thousand and one nights. Her stories were like a colourful pattern entwined with songs and poems of ancient poets stringing precious pearls of folk stories. Being under impulse of curiosity Shahryar delayed her execution and finally gave up his intention”. The suite consists of several parts which coincide with the episodes from One Thousand and One Nights, they impressed Rimsky-Korsakov most of all. The first part - the sea and Sinbad’s ship. The second part – t he story of Kalendar Prince about miracles he saw in his travels. The third part – lyric scene (The Young Prince and The Young Princess). The fourth part – two unconnected scenes: Festival at Bagdad and The Ship Breaks against a Cliff Surmounted by a Bronze Horseman. Several independent complete and contrasting parts are united by common program and common musical concept. Musical image of Scheherazade is the pivot of the suite.
Alexander Ghindin who is generally recognized both by critics and music-lovers as one of the most talented and distinctive pianists of his age. “His execution fascinates by wonderful combination of feeling and mind. He creates the atmosphere of stunning intensity expressing fine and incomparable virtuosity” (Les Expressions, France). Alexander was born in 1977 in Moscow. He graduated from the Moscow Conservatory and post graduate course in the class of professor, People’s Artist of Russia Mikhail Voskresensky. At the age of 17 the musician became a Prize-winner of the X International Tchaikovsky Competition, in 1999 he received the Second prize of the Queen Elizabeth Music Competition in Brussels. In 2007 he won the Cleveland International Piano Competition (USA). The musician performs at major concert halls: Averifiher Hall (New York), Kennedy Center (Washington), Suntory Hall, Sumida Triphony Hall (Japan), Palais dex Beaux-Arts (Brussels), “Concertgebough” (Amsterdam), Salle Gaveau, Theatre de Champs Elysees, Theatre du Chatelet (Paris), Gasteig (Munich), Rudolfium (Prague), Ricksallen (Stockholm), Theatre Olimpica (Rome),Opera House (Tel Aviv), at the halls of Warsaw, Saint Petersburg, and Moscow Philharmonic Societies. The pianist recorded 17 albums on such labels as “Decca Records” (England), “Le Chant du Monde” (France), “DML”(Japan), “Capriccio” (Germany), “Ondine” (Finland), “Russian season” (Russia), “CD ACCORD” (Poland).