April 1. 2021 | Rachmaninoff Concert Hall (Philharmonia-2)
Soloist – Eva Gevorgyan, piano
Conductor – Vladimir Spivakov
Rachmaninoff – Respighi. Etude-Tableaux Op. 33 No. 7
Rachmaninoff. Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini for piano and orchestra
Rachmaninoff. Symphonic Dances; Vocalise
The “Rachmaninoff Days” Mini-Festival at the Moscow "Philharmonia-2", first held in April, 2016, has born a good tradition - a musical offering to the birthday of the great Russian classic in the Hall bearing his name. This year the series will be started by the NPR and Vladimir Spivakov for whom every year has many Rachmaninoff days. The composer's music has been an indelible part of the Maestro's repertoire and lately is making a large share of his corpus of recordings. With the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia he has recorded the “Three Russian Songs”, cantata “Spring”, poem “The Bells”, “Symphonic Dances”, all piano concertos and symphonies (the Symphonies CD is to be released to Rachmaninoff's 150th Birth Anniversary).
“He is one of the most beloved composers in the world now, and for me personally – one of guide stars. - Vladimir Spivakov says. - Whenever I turn to Rachmaninoff's music it goes deep to my heart. You can always find in his music something you have not heard or seen previously, it is like a bottomless abyss. He used to be underrated as a composer, not appreciated as a conductor, while acclaimed only as a brilliant outstanding piano player. Nowadays there is coming the understanding that Rachmaninoff is a Cosmos, magnificent and full of endless mysteries which are yet to be discovered to people.”
On Rachmaninoff's birthday at the “Philharmonia-2” Vladimir Spivakov will declare once more his admiration for his idol. In his rendition of the Etudes-Tableaux orchestrated by Respighi the Maestro will appear as a painter - master of colors, a stage director bringing musical images into theatrical brightness. Disclosing the tonal symbols in the “Symphonic Dances” and the “Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini”, he will depict the most important for Rachmaninoff lines of love and death going in parallel or crossing each other in an abrupt way. Performing the “Symphonic Dances”, the last grand opus by the composer, he will remind the audience that it is “a spiritual testament” of the author, which sounds especially vital today, for in our disquieting time “we have to think of love and of the Last Judgment”.
The solo part in the “Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini” will be played by young Eva Gevorgyan, a bursar of the Spivakov Charity Foundation and the holder of the ICMA award, winner of piano contests in Cleveland, Düsseldorf (the Schumann Competition), Porto (Santa Cecilia Competition), Gorizia (Giuliano Pecar Competition) and others.