Festival «To the 15th anniversary of Russian Philharmonic». Best rhapsodies of the world
Greek word “rhapsodia” came in professional European music in the XIX century and began to mean major one-part composition. Composers usually select bright, beautiful and contrasting themes and arrange them in virtuosic concert style.
One of the most significant compositions by Rachmaninoff is his Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. 24 variations on well-known theme of Caprices by Paganini can be called his Fifth Piano Concerto. The premiere took place at the Lyric Opera House in Baltimore, on November 7, 1934. The author played the piano part accompanied by Philadelphia Orchestra led by Leopold Stokovsky. This Theme of Paganini was used by Liszt, Brahms and later Lloyd Webber, however, Rhapsody by Rachmaninoff is the most well-known and even more popular than the original.
In 1924 the performance of one of the best composer’s work Rhapsody in Blue for piano and symphony orchestra took place. The author himself played the piano part. New composition aroused profound interest in American music society. The Rhapsody highlighted Gershwin’s ingenious melodic talent, “original sense of harmony” and “rhythmic invention”.
Alexander Sinchuk – laureate of several International Competitions, including the IV International Rachmaninoff Competition (I Prize, Moscow, 2008); the IX Young pianists International Competition in commemoration of Vladimir Horowitz (I Prize, Gold Medal, Kiev, 2012); the “European Piano Nights” International Competition (I Prize, Luxemburg, 2012); IV Young pianists International Competition “Interlaken Classics” (I Prize, Bern, Switzerland, 2013).
Rodion Petrov - laureate of the Rodolfo Lipizer International Competition (Italy, 1996, II Prize and five special prizes); the International Paganini Competition (Italy, Genoa, 1997, II Prize); the “Valsesia Musica” International Competition (Italy, 2005, I Prize); the Fourth Moscow International Paganini Competition (2005, II Prize). Member of Quartet named after David Oistrakh.