“Dialogs through time and space” – that could be a description of the concert opening the XII International Festival in Sochi. Sweet serenity of Viennese classicism, bright dramatic expressivity of romanticism and a mixed image of contemporary music. Shall we consider the compositions of the contemporary writers from Belorussia (Valery Voronov), Belgium (Patrick de Clerck) and China (Yin Wan) tending more to neoclassicism or romantic confessional style? Time will tell…
The Concert will start with a rebellious and passionate overture to opera “The Deserted Island” by Joseph Haydn, which is similar to the raging waves. Fertile imagination of the author is to be envied: he will see the real sea only 20 years later during his trip to England; and so far he stays in a quiet remote city Eisenstadt, where he writes his music full of “storm and rush”, still being far from the capital’s noise and natural storms.
A recognized pianist and professor from South Korea, professor of the Korean National University of Arts Daejin Kim will perform the Piano Concerto No. 23 by Mozart, which is one of the most mysterious concertos of the ingenious Austrian.
During one of his concerts, Mozart presented to audience his 9-year old student – Johann Nepomuk Hummel. His first performance was a great success. Later, Hummel will take composition lessons from Haydn as well and then will replace him at the position of the court composer of the Prince Nikolaus Esterházy. In Eisenstadt he will write his Concerto for Trumpet, which is the most popular nowadays.
Carl Maria von Weber lived and worked at a critical epoch. Many of his instrumental compositions are marked with almost Haydn’s simplicity, while in his best pieces he turns to unexplored freedom of romanticism. Weber had a fine appreciation of the folk instruments. The Concertino for horn, written at zenith of Weber’s creation, is for a natural instrument with a limited range; nevertheless the music shows the beauty and distinctness of the horn’s tone colours.
“After Paganini, he was the first virtuoso of similar mastery”, told the contemporaries about Henryk Wieniawski. He was an outstanding virtuoso violin player and composer, belonging to another, romantic epoch; his Polonaise No.2, showing reminiscence of Chopin music, was written in Russia in 1870.
Patrick de Clerck, Belgian composer, professor and producer, is a permanent guest at Yuri Bashmet’s Festivals. It is not the first time that he conducts the compositions of Valery Voronov (a piece for flute, saxophone, tube, trombone, accordion and orchestra). However, Sochi premiere will become a Russian debut for the young Chinese composer Yin Wan. All three composers will take part in the jury of the Young composers’ competition in memory of Alfred Schnittke and Sviatoslav Richter to be held at the Winter Festival.
Among participants of the concert will be the soloist of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, professor of the Catalonia Superior School of Music in Barcelona, French horn player Jose-Vicente Castelló; silver laureate of the VI International Tchaikovsky Competition, professor of the Cologne Higher School of Music Mihaela Martin (violin) and the leading American classical and jazz violin player Frank Campos.
The Soloists of Moscow Chamber Ensemble are directed by Maestro Yuri Bashmet.