Summer gala-concert. Closing of the Season
In 2011 we celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Ferenc Liszt – great Hungarian composer, pianist, conductor and public man. One of the most famous symphonic poems by composer – Preludes, and the First concerto for piano and orchestra will be executed by Ekaterina Mechetina. At the age of 13 Ekaterina became a laureate of the 2 Prize at the First Youth Chopin Piano Competition in Moscow. At the age of 16 – the youngest laureate of the International Busoni Piano Competition in Bolzano, where she also got the prize for the best performance of complicated etude Ghostly Lights by Liszt. At that time Italian press wrote about Russian pianist the following: “Young Ekaterina already now is on the peak of world pianism”. Then she won other international competitions: in Epinal (2 Prize, 1999), the Viotti Competition in Vercelli (2 Prize, 2002), in Pinerolo (Absolute 1 Prize, 2003), the Cincinnati Piano Competition – 1 Prize and Gold medal (2004). Ekaterina is the laureate of the Triumph Youth Prize.
The second part of the concert is “a gold mine” of West European symphonic masterpieces of Romanticism. French composer Hector Berlioz is a creator of programme symphonism of the XIX century and new orchestra, possessing incredible expressive and picturesque opportunities. Berlioz’s orchestra is colourful, vivid, flexible, full of theatre glitter and temperament. One of the most famous overtures by G. Berlioz is Roman Carnival. The Hungarian Dances by Brahms is one of the most popular and effective composer’s works. The Hungarian Dances are based on Hungarian music genre - Verbunkos which combines Hungarian features with influence of Gypsy, Slavonic, Italian and Viennese traditions. The Norwegian Dances by Edward Grieg are not less popular, and symphonic poem Vltava by B. Smetana is an unofficial hymn of Czech Republic. Festive overture to opera The Mastersingers of Nuremberg by R. Wagner will be played at the finale of the concert.