Anglo-Russian culture club starts a series of concerts.
Victor Maslov: Rachmaninov. 8 Etudes-Tableaux, Opus33
Études-tableaux (“study pictures”), Op. 33 or musical evocations of external visual stimuli. Rachmaninov added Let the listener paint for themselves what it most suggests.
Maria Gulik and Victor Maslov: Mussorgsky, The Songs and Dances of Death
Written to poems by Kutuzov just seven years before the composer’s death. Death in many guises: the nanny who rocks a sick child, the lover who serenades a dying lady, the dancing partner who lures a drunken peasant into the snow, the General commanding in a bloody battle. Admired by Shostakovich and the inspiration for his Fourteenth Symphony.
Mussorgsky Arias from Khovanshina, arranged by Shostakovich
An unfinished epic about the rule of Peter the Great. Rimsky-Korsakov made a famous performing version, but Shostakovich is tougher, bleaker and closer to Mussorgsky’s style and has become the standard text.
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The next concerts are:
April 6, 7.30pm
Averina Galina soprano, Aleksey Demchenko piano - Schumann, Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov,
May 4, 7.30pm
Arshak Kuzikyan bass, Aleksey Demchenko piano - Rachmaninov, Mussorgsky and Tchaikovsky
June 1, 7.30pm
Aleksey Demchenko piano. Victor Maslov piano - Beethoven, Chopin, Prokofiev
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