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Janáček philharmonic OstravaB/Symphony seriesB2 Russian music and Nikolai Lugansky

B2 Russian music and Nikolai Lugansky

26. 11. 2020
19:00 p.m.
Dům kultury města Ostravy
from 190 CZK

Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky
Khovanshchina, Overture to the Opera

Nikolaj Karlovič Medtner
Piano Concerto No. 3 in E minor, Op. 60

Sergei Rachmaninoff
Island of the Dead, Symphonic Poem, Op. 29

Alexandr Nikolayevich Skriabin
Le Poème de l’extase (the Poem of Ecstasy) Symphony No. 4, Op. 54

 

Nikolai Lugansky piano
Janáček Philharmonic Ostrava
Josep Caballé-Domenech conductor

 

One of the most prominent authors of the 2nd half of the 19th century belongs to a group called the Five, ort the Mighty Handful. Musogorski belongs among them. Who would not know his Pictures at the Exhibition? He is also the author of other minor compositions and operas. He wrote La Khovanchtchina on his own text. During the evening, there will be a lyrical prelude to this opera Dawn on the Moscow River.

Although Medtner wrote his Concerto for Piano and Orchestra during the war and it was premiered in London, where the composer and pianist lived from 1936 until his death, there is no denying Russian influence here either. The work was inspired by the ballad of Rusalka by Mikhail Lermontov. However, the outcome of the water nymph story is different, much more optimistic than the literary model. Nikolai Lugansky, the legend of the modern Russian piano school, returns to Ostrava after two years.

In the beginning, there was a black and white reproduction of the painting Island of the Dead by Arnold Böcklin. It shook Rachmaninoff so much that he composed a symphonic poem of the same name. Later, when he got to know the original painting, he said, “If I saw the original before reproducing, I probably wouldn’t write my Island of the Dead, I like it in black and white.”

Cosmos, a creative spirit, a creature without external motivation. Skrjabin tried to capture these high ideas in his program symphony Poem Ecstasy. The symphony has only one sentence, its suppressed tonality gives a wide spectrum of harmonic colours.

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