A Night of Russian Music

February 2, 2023 | Zaryadye Concert Hall 
Soloist – Alexander Ghindin, piano
Conductor – Ivan Nikiforchin
Rimsky-Korsakov. Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in C-sharp minor, Op. 30
Arensky. Fantasia on Russian Themes, Op. 48
Prokofiev. Concerto No. 1 for Piano and Orchestra in D-flat major, Op. 10
Glazunov. Symphony No. 8 in E-flat major, Op. 83


The National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia and young conductor Ivan Nikiforchin will offer to music lovers a program fully compiled of masterpieces by Russian classics. Part 1 will be shared with their partner and headliner Alexander Ghindin, the renowned pianist, awardee of many international competitions, Merited Artist of the Russian Federation. Ghindin is well known especially as a keen scholar and expert judge of the Russian piano literature, who includes into his repertoire rare works and not often performed editions of well-known scores.

Together with the NPR, Ghindin will play the Piano Concerto by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (based on the theme  of a Russian folk song from Mily Balakirev's Collection of Popular Russian songs), the Fantasia on Russian Themes by Anton Arensky (which uses two folk tunes from those collected by Trophim Ryabinin) and the seminal First Piano Concerto by Sergei Prokofiev, an opus of “explosive force of life”, for which the then 20-year-old alumnus of the Moscow Conservatoire was awarded the Anton Rubinstein's Prize.

In Part II, Ivan Nikiforchin, Valery Polyansky's student and assistant, conductor of the Russian State Capella, will present his rendition of the monumental Eighth Symphony by Alexander Glazunov, written in the revolutionary 1905 and inspired by the spirit of those turbulent times, their drama, energy and high hopes of freedom. Ivan Nikiforchin will conduct the NPR for the first time.


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