Sankt Peteresburg Philharmonic Orchestra-Yuri Temirkanov-Helene Grimaud - Palace Hall-17.09

Palace Grand Hall
Series "Great Orchestras"
Rachmaninov – Concerto no. 2 for piano and orchestra in c minor op. 18
Tchaikovski – Symphony no. 6 "Patetica" in h minor op. 74

......And the Russians came. With the spirit and the powerful sound. They chose two very well known pieces. The concert is a masterpiece and each pianist plays it. Even Celine Dion picked some bars. When listening to the second part, don't you feel like singing? it's like you heard the notes before but you don't know where. It's All by Myself :).
......Helene Grimaud played it gently but it was obviously very difficul for her to overcome the orchestra. Even staying very close to the stage I couldn't hear the piano because of the doublebasses in front of me. They were on the left side of the stage instead of right. The orchestra sounded great, but they forgot there's not a symphony but a concert and they should let the piano be heard. It was like in those silent movies when you see the characters moving but there's no sound. The piano could be heard during the second part, from time to time.
.....The symphony was great. The third part was an explosion. I tried to make a bet before the concert and I could have won it easily. People applauded after this third part. This is what usually happens. The fourth part is not that noisy and it ends quietly.
.....Yuri Temirkanov became the artistic director and chief conductor of St.Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra in 1988. Looking back into Temirkanov's early career, a key event was his victory at the 2nd National Conductors' Competition in 1966. From that moment onwards, Temirkanov, a graduate student of the Leningrad Conservatory (class of Professor Ilia Musin) overnight entered the ranks of the most sought-after conductors of his generation.
.....Together with Kirill Kondrashin and David Oistrakh he toured internationally and performed with orchestras from the US, France and Germany. In early 1967 Temirkanov conducted a concert in the Philharmonic Hall and after this performance Evgeny Mravinsky offered him the position of assistant conductor. From 1968 the maestro was head of the Academic Symphony Orchestra of the Philharmonia. He widened the orchestra's repertoire and took them on tour to Europe, Japan and the US.
.....In 1976 Temirkanov became the artistic director and chief conductor of the Kirov (Mariinsky) Theatre. Here he created classic productions of "War and Peace" by Prokofiev, "Eugene Onegin" and "Queen of Spades" by Tchaikovsky as well as and "Peter I" by Petrov and "Dead Souls" by Shchedrin. At this time Kirov also started actively performing abroad. The theatre toured the US, Japan and many countries of Europe, including England, for the first time in history. Temirkanov initiated symphony concerts by the theatre orchestra both in Russia and abroad.
......Despite the intensity of his concert schedule, Temirkanov has made the preservation and nurturing of St. Petersburg's spiritual and cultural inheritance the subject of an International Foundation for Cultural Initiatives in his name. In 1998 he created the Temirkanov award for talented young musicians, granted annually to outstanding students both of the Musical School of the St. Petersburg Conservatory, and of the Conservatory itself.
......In 1999 Temirkanov founded a new international winter festival in "Arts Square", from which the festival takes it's name. This series of prestigious concerts which runs from the end of December into January, presenting the world's greatest soloists with the orchestra, has become a cultural highlight of life in St Petersburg.
Helene Grimaud and Yuri Temirkanov at the end of the concert

Sankt Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra and Yuri Temirkanov
Yuri Temirkanov

......Listen to Helene Grimaud playing Rachmaninov 2nd piano concert. Conductor: Claudio Abbado

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1 comment:

  1. Mai multe persoane care au stat in primele randuri mi-au spus ca n-au auzit pianul. Eu una, din prima loja de deasupra scenei, am auzit foarte bine, si n-am fost singura. (s-a auzit excelent si in inregistrarea care tocmai a fost difuzata pe TVR). Acustica aberanta de la Sala Palatului creeaza o gramada de ciudatenii. Pe Lugansky, de exemplu, nu l-am auzit ca lumea si nu prea mi-a placut. In schimb, cei care au stat jos, in sala, l-au apreciat.
    Oricum, pe mine Helene Grimaud m-a incantat, iar concertul nr. 2 de Rachmaninov este o minunatie imposibil de descris.:)