Moscow City Symphony
Russian Philharmonic

Masterpieces by Sergey Rachmaninoff

Шедевры Сергея Рахманинова
Date and time: 
Thursday, September 29, 2016 - 19:00
Venue: 
Moscow International House of Music. Svetlanov Hall
Program: 
Concerto № 2 for piano and orchestra in C Minor, op. 18
Symphony № 2 in E Minor, op. 27
Conductor: 
Yury Tkachenko
Soloist: 
Alexander Sinchuk, piano

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One of the critics called Sergey Rachmaninoff  - “tripersonal divine being”, as he was a composer of bright original gift, a pianist of genius who had no equal among contemporaries, outstanding conductor as well. Expressive melodism is typical of Rachmaninoff’s music. The composer creates wide and long-term spreading melodies, which unite beauty and impressionability of an image with vivid and tense emotionality.

The Second Symphony’s peculiarity is mainly in organic combination and mutual penetration of epic broadness and passionate lyric expression. The composition is dedicated to S. Taneev, Rachmaninoff’s tutor. The premiere of the symphony took place in Petersburg on January 26, 1908 and in Moscow on February 2. The author conducted in both concerts. Russian Musical Newspaper marked that this composition was “a holiday for everyone…who loves Russian music. The symphony is strong as complete piece as well as it features remarkable details. Mature artistic completeness answers to feelings and inspiration”.

Concerto is that favourite genre to which the composer appealed during his lifetime. He scored a merit success with the Second Concerto, which was recognized by right as the best Russian piano concerto after Tchaikovsky’s Concerto in G flat Minor. Along with preserving successive ties with Tchaikovsky’s heritage and other Russian and foreign composers’ of the XIX century, Rachmaninoff’s Concerto contains a lot of new features in its imagery structure and medium of expressions as well as in the very interpretation of the genre.

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. 

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