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MARIINSKY THEATRE TO PRESENT IN FRANKFURT GEMS OF RUSSIAN MUSIC CLASSICS


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MARIINSKY THEATRE TO PRESENT IN FRANKFURT GEMS OF RUSSIAN MUSIC CLASSICS

MARIINSKY THEATRE TO PRESENT IN FRANKFURT GEMS OF RUSSIAN MUSIC CLASSICS

On October 13, 2019 Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra and Valery Gergiev (St. Petersburg) will perform in Frankfurt am Main with a concert of symphonic music. The event will be staged under the aegis of the international cultural project "Russian Seasons" in Germany.

The only concert of the famed musical ensemble, Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra conducted by Valery Gergiev, will take place at the Old Opera House in Frankfurt. The program features “Symphonic Diptych” by Rodion Shchedrin (2008), Piano Concerto No. 2in C minor (1900–1901) by Sergei Rachmaninoff, and Symphony No. 5 in E minor (1888) by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

A well-known to the music world 29-year-old pianist Behzod Abduraimov will solo with the ensemble; in June 2019, he has already performed at the "Russian Seasons" in Germany with the Ural Philharmonic Orchestra. Artistic Director of the Mariinsky Theatre, People's Artist of Russia, winner of state awards, one of the most famous and popular conductors of today Valery Gergiev will reign on the podium.

Music by Rodion Shchedrin is frequently played at Valery Gergiev's concerts and festivals. The world premiere of “Symphonic Diptych”, the composition based on themes from "The Enchanted Wanderer" concert opera by Rodion Shchedrin, took place at the 8th Moscow Easter Festival in 2009. It was penned exclusively for the Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra. Today, almost all the stage and concert works by Shchedrin are played at the theatre, so his music exists in a living performing tradition.

The Second Piano Concerto by Sergei Rachmaninoff at the time testified to the uplift in the composer's creative endeavor following the unsuccessful performance of his first symphony. Premiered in 1901, the new composition was enthusiastically welcomed by the Moscow's musical audiences. The concert is regarded as a rare gem of Russian classical music, it is distinguished by its monumental forms, "bell-tolling" sounding, the diversity and power of sonorous piano texture that is competing with the multi-color orchestral palette.

The Tchaikovsky's Fifth Symphony was presented in St. Petersburg in 1888 under the conduction of the composer himself. The composition bears no particular "literary concept", however, its progress from the "darkness" to "triumph" might suggest some secret plot. The symphony is highly popular in Russia and beyond.

 

Venue: Grand Hall of the "Frankfurt Old Opera House" (Alte Oper Frankfurt), Opernplatz 1, 60313 Frankfurt am Main

 

Program:

October 13, 19:00 - concert of symphony music by the Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra.