Moscow City Symphony
Russian Philharmonic

Imperial Concert

Симфонический оркестр Москвы "Русская филармония"
Date and time: 
Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 19:00
Venue: 
Moscow International House of Music. Svetlanov Hall
Program: 
L. van Beethoven. Concerto № 5 (the Emperor Concerto) for piano and orchestra
W.A. Mozart. Symphony № 41 (The Jupiter Symphony)
P. Tchaikovsky. Festival Coronation March
F. Handel. Music for the Royal Fireworks
Conductor: 
Dmitri Jurowski
Soloist: 
Sofja Gülbadamova, piano

Beethoven’s Concerto № 5 is a real Emperor among piano concertos which embodies in the most monumental form the composer’s tendency to glorification of the genre and is one of the tops of world concert symphony music. The concerto is dedicated to Archduke Rudolf the Austrian, Beethoven’s patron and follower. The premiere took place in Leipzig on November 28, 1811.

Mozart’s Symphony №41, The Jupiter Symphony, has such title because of its unprecedented scale and conception grandiosity. Though the title is not authorial, it has proved to be very successful. It is the last composer’s symphony which is based on triumph, heroics, grandeur, and epic scale. All themes of the finale are united in the coda in unanimous polyphonic sounding. Thereby, the music doesn’t seem either pompous, or ponderous. On the contrary, it’s all awash with lightness, energy, and joy. Tchaikovsky, who loved all Mozart’s works, called this symphony “one of the miracles of symphony music”.

“Music for the Royal Fireworks” suite was created by Handel on order of the King George II. Around 100 musicians took part in the first performance of the piece in Green Park, London on April 27, 1749. Handel’s music was accompanied by grandiose firework. There was 101-canon salute.

Festival Coronation March was ordered to Tchaikovsky to be performed during the Emperor’s Alexander III Coronation ceremony which took place on May 23. 1883. It’s remarkable that this march played by American orchestra and conducted by Tchaikovsky opened famous Carnegie Hall in New York on May 5, 1891.

Sofja Gülbadamova - “touching, sincere and inspired artist” (Christian Lorandin, French musical critic) - is prizewinner of many international competitions in USA, Spain, France, Germany and Russia. In 2008 the pianist won the first prizes of the International Piano Competition in Aix-en-Provence (France) and of the 6th International Francis Poulenc Piano Competition. In 2010 Sofja Gülbadamova was awarded the Grand Prix at the Rosario Marciano International Piano Competition (Vienna, Austria) and she won the 2nd prize at the International Piano Competition “André Dumortier” in Belgium. Sofja Gülbadamova concertizes extensively throughout Europe, Russia, USA, and South America, appearing at such venues as the Great Hall of Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Society, Teatro Colon in Bogota (Columbia), Bartok Hall in Budapest, Konzerthaus in Berlin, Ehrbar Hall in Vienna, St. Martin-in-the-Fields in London, the Salle Cortot the Cité de la Musique in Paris, the Arsenal in Metz, the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival in Detroit and many others.

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