Masterpieces by Sergey Rachmaninoff
Sergey Rachmaninoff is a composer of bright original gift, a pianist of genius who had no equal among contemporaries. As a pianist Rachmaninoff was unanimously recognized as one of the greatest performers of piano art. His name was ranged with the names of F. Liszt and A. Rubenstein. Concerto is favourite genre to which the composer appealed during his lifetime. This genre was much more essential for Rachmaninoff than for his contemporaries whose creative interests were closely connected with piano music. Each of four Rachmaninoff’s piano concertos serves as milestones on the composer’s way. The second concerto which brought merited success to its author is recognized as the best Russian piano concerto after Tchaikovsky’s concerto in B flat Minor. But preserving successive ties with Tchaikovsky’s and other Russian and foreign composers’ of the XIX century heritage, Rachmaninoff’s concerto contains new things in its imagery and ways of musical expression as well as the genre interpretation itself. Composing the Third piano concerto became the most significant step in Rachmaninoff’s creative development. Without yielding to its predecessor in terms of freshness of inspiration, melodic richness and beauty of the themes the Third concerto has the seal of stronger maturity and concentration of a thought. Famous musical critic Asafiev supposed that namely from the Third concerto the final forming of “titanic style of Rachmaninoff’s pianism” began.
Alexander Sinchuk – laureate of prestigious International Competitions, including the IV International Rachmaninoff Competition (I Prize, Moscow, 2008); the IX Young pianists International Competition in commemoration of Vladimir Horowitz (I Prize, Gold Medal, Kiev, 2012); the “European Piano Nights” International Competition (I Prize, Luxemburg, 2012); IV Young pianists International Competition “Interlaken Classics” (I Prize, Bern, Switzerland, 2013) and others. Rise of Alexander Sinchuk’s career started after winning the IV International Rachmaninoff Competition in 2008 in Moscow, in which recital at legendary Carnegie Hall in New York was the main prize for nineteen-year-old pianist. Now the pianist’s activity continues at the concert halls in Moscow, in the cities of Russia, in near-abroad and far-abroad countries such as Ukraine, Serbia, Bulgaria, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Austria, Germany, Great Britain, France, Denmark, Luxemburg, Switzerland, Israel, USA, Morocco, Turkey, Japan, and Korea.