Johannes Brahms and Ludwig van Beethoven
The Fifth Symphony by Beethoven is one of the most popular works not only in the composer’s heritage, but in the world classical music as well. The main theme of Beethoven’s symphonysm – heroics of struggle reflected in the most concentrated way, developing “from darkness to light, through struggle to victory” – is revealed in this composition. Beethoven who was scant of verbal explanations, indicated the basic theme of the symphony as the fate sound symbol: “So fate is knocking at the dour”.
Laurent Korcia is one of the most distinctive violinists of his generation. 'Instrumental Soloist of the Year' at the Victoires de la Musique and 'Chevalier des arts et lettres', he received the SACEM George Enesco Prize and the Grand Prix of the Académie Charles Cros. He performs regularly with the most renowned conductors such as C. Dutoit ,S. Bychkov, D. Gatti, V. Gergiev, E. Krivine, K. Masur, J. Nelson, M. Plasson, Y. Sado, T. Sokhiev, V. Spivakov,etc. The musician includes solo violin recitals in his concert repertoire, with programmes ranging from Bach to contemporary music. Laurent Korcia recorded the complete Sonatas for Violin solo by E. Ysaÿe and compositions by B. Bartok (Concerto № 2, Sonata for Violin solo, Contrastes, Sonata № 1).
Alexander Kniazev won the International Cello contest of G. Cassado, the International contest of chamber music of Trapani and the International contest of Pretoria (UNISA) in South Africa. A. Kniazev has played under conductors like: E. Svetlanov, Y. Temirkanov, M. Rostropovitch, Y. Bashmet, M. Shostakovitch, N. Järvi, K. Mazur, A. Vedernikov, etc. He performed with orchestras such as State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia named after E. Svetlanov, Wiener Symphoniker, Royal Philharmonic of London, Bavarian Radio Orchestra, Göteborg Symphonic, Den Haag Residentie Orchestra, Orchestre National de France, Pragua Philharmonic and many others. He was also invited at the Moscow festival “December Nights”, which was organised by S. Richter, who has influenced him a lot. His partners in chamber music are E. Kissin, V. Repin, B. Berezovsky, and Nikolai Lugansky. A. Kniazev also performed as a trio with B. Berezovsky and D. Makhtin on the prestigious scenes of the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the Brussels Palace of Fine Arts, the London Wigmore Hall, the Lincoln Center of New York, and at the Salzburg Festival as well. Recording of the Shostakovich Trio and Rachmaninoff Trio was awarded the Gramophone prize, the Diapason d’Or, and the Echo Award.