M.Ravel. I.Stravinsky. B.Bartok.
Ravel is fairly called composer-impressionist, however typical features of impressionism appeared merely in some compositions, classical precision and proportionality of structures, clarity of style, clearness of lines and fine tuning in details making prevail in other pieces. Concerto for piano and orchestra in G Major Ravel himself called “divertissement in Mozart’s style”. Ravel wrote about choreographic poem “Waltz” in his autobiography: “It is great waltz, somehow a tribute to great Johann Strauss. I intended this piece to be in a way apotheosis of the Viennese waltz, impression from its whirling is fantastic and fatal. I placed this waltz in the atmosphere of the Emperor’s Palace, approximately around 1855”.
During three years of collaboration with Diagilev’s company I. Stravinsky wrote three ballets which made him world known – The Firebird (1910), Petrushka (1911), and The Rite of Spring (1913). Stravinsky turned to Russian folklore which different strata were originally interpreted in the music of each ballet. The Firebird amazes by sophisticated fecundity of orchestra colours, vivid contrasts between poetic round dance lyrics and fiery dances.
The ballet by Bela Bartok The Miraculous Mandarin (1919) is based on the story by Melchior Lengyel, its heroes are a girl and three tramps. The main hero – Chinese Mandarin is captivated by passion. The tramps try to suffocate him, to stab and to hang him, but life does not leave the Mandarin till the girl finally kisses him. The music of The Miraculous Mandarin is combination of expressionist gloominess and human warmth. Bartok said that in the world where wars were possible, where normal human feelings, moral and culture were annihilated, even love gained such character which moves it closer to dance of death.
Andrei Korobeinikov was born in Moscow in 1986. The young pianist performed in more than 20 countries all over the world and was rewarded more than 20 prizes in national and international competitions among them Alexander Scriabin International Piano Competition and Rachmaninoff Piano Competition in Los Angeles. At the age of 19, he graduated with honours from Moscow Conservatory (Best musician of the decade).