Ludwig van Beethoven
Beethoven is still one the most famous composers whose pieces are performed all over the world. All compositions from the concert tonight were created within 1801 – 1806 – in the peak of his composer’s powers. Creation of Sonata № 14 is connected with one of strongest affections if Beethoven’s life. Sonata is dedicated to 17 year-old composer’s apprentice Giulietta Guicciardi and is one of the most inspirational and poetical part in his creative work. The title Moonlight Sonata doesn’t belong to Beethoven, poet and musical critic Ludwig Rellstab gave such name to its first movement in 1832, after composer’s death. He compared this piece with “moonlight over Lake Lucerne”. Heroic features of Beethoven’s piano pieces gained artistic realization in Sonata № 23, “Appassionata” (1804 – 1806). Beethoven created very inspiring and perfect in terms of its form composition of huge dramatic power. Its title is not given by the author. It’s known that Beethoven connected “Appassionata’s” content with Shakespeare’s The Tempest, glorifying courage, mind and will of a man. Obviously, the composer meant similarity between ideas: rebellious pathos of revolutionary epoch is embodied in sonata. Beethoven states: the meaning of people’s life is overcoming fear and despair, heroic resistance, and tireless struggle. The Third Concerto was finished in the year of Heiligenstadt Testament – the year of personal sufferings and realizing new creative targets. For the first time it was played by the author in 1804. The concerto’s popularity lessen within the following years; it belonged to not many Beethoven’s pieces which were widely acclaimed during composer’s life.
Konstantin Scherbakov has more than 50 concertos in his repertoire. He performed at 35 countries in Europe, the Far and the Middle East, the USA, New Zealand, and South Africa. He cooperated with such conductors as R. Barshai, N. Santi, V. Sinaisky, K. Petrenko, C. Mandeal, A. Ceccato, A. Kats, Y. Levi, C. Thielemann, Y. Simonov. Together with Naxos and Marco Polo labels Scherbakov recorded all piano pieces by Leopold Godowsky, Respighi and Shostakovich, as well as Tchaikovsky’s, Respighi’s, Medtner’s and Scryabin’s piano pieces. Recording of all Beethoven’s symphonies in piano transcription by F. Liszt is his latest project.