The Four Seasons
The Four Seasons by Antonio Vivaldi is one of the most famous composer’s works. The name of the great Italian who created about 550 concertos and several dozens of operas is a synonym for The Four Seasons namely. Four concertos – “Spring”, “Summer”, “Autumn”, and “Winter” written in 1725 are the most relevant and often performed at three continents within three centuries.
In the XX century the most well-known Argentinean composer Astor Piazzolla who gave new life to tango, caught up and developed the four seasons’ theme. He used folk music and transformed it into high art. He made tango be played by symphony orchestras without spilling any drop of energy, any gramme of sensuality. It was one of the most daring attempts in the XX century to interpret popular musical tradition in a new light. Piazzolla had created a new style of high music which was generally recognized everywhere, he wrote in different genres, but it was always tango.
Violinist Dmitri Kogan – grandson of outstanding violinist of the XX century Leonid Kogan – graduated from Moscow State Conservatory. In 1997 the musician made his debut in Great Britain and USA. Dmitri Kogan constantly performs at the most prestigious venues of Europe, Asia, America, Australia, Middle East, countries of CIS and the Baltic states. Dmitri Kogan is a participant of prestigious festivals on a world scale: “Carinthian Summer” (Austria), music festival in Menton (France), jazz festival in Montreux (Switzerland), music festival in Perth (Scotland), and in festivals in Athens, Vilnius, Shanghai, Ogdon, Helsinki and many others.
The cycle of 24 caprices by N. Paganini which were considered non-performable for a long time, has a significant place in the violinist’s repertoire. There are only several violinists in the world whole perform the entire cycle of caprices. On the whole the violinist has 12 CDs recorded on Delos, Conforza, and DV Classics labels.
Dmitri Kogan is author and artistic director of the I Leonid Kogan International Festival and International Kogan-Festival in Ekaterinburg as well. Dmitri Kogan is laureate of DA VINCI International Music Award.