Symphony Concert 18

St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra | Yuri Temirkanov | Sergei Redkin

Rimsky-Korsakov | Rachmaninoff | Tchaikovsky

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KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

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Summer Festival

17.08.-16.09. 2018




    Symphony Concert 18

    St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra | Yuri Temirkanov | Sergei Redkin

    Yuri Temirkanov  conductor
    Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844–1908)
    “The Three Miracles” from the opera The Tale of Tsar Saltan, Op. 57
    Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873–1943)
    Concerto for piano and orchestra No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18
    Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840–1893)
    Suite from the ballet The Nutcracker, Op. 71

    arranged by Yuri Temirkanov

    “Children need fairy-tales,” the psychologist Bruno Bettelheim observed in his 1976 bestseller, The Uses of Enchantment. Fairy-tales take us to dream worlds and awaken the imagination, but they also appeal to our sense of responsibility, for they separate good from evil. Yuri Temirkanov and the St. Petersburg Philharmonic take Bettelheim at his word, presenting two popular musical fairy-tales in this “Summer of Childhood.” Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Tale of Tsar Saltan has become world-famous thanks to its speedy “Flight of the Bumblebee.” Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker gave us some of classical music’s greatest hits, including the “Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy” and “Waltz of the Flowers.” And it included the first-ever use of a brand-new instrument: the celesta, bell-like in clarity. A fairy-tale actually came true for the young pianist Sergei Redkin when he played two piano concertos by Prokofiev at the 2017 Summer Festival. He was immediately invited to return. This time Redkin will play “Rach 2,” Rachmaninoff’s legendary Second Piano Concerto.

    St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra

    The St. Petersburg Philharmonic is the oldest orchestra in Russia: it was founded in 1882 at the court of Tsar Alexander III. Soon the orchestra developed an artistically distinctive profile beyond its original representative and ceremonial duties: Richard Strauss, Arthur Nikisch, Alexander Glazunov, and Serge Koussevitzky conducted concerts in the first decades of its existence. Following the October Revolution of 1917 its organizational structure and goals changed. The orchestra was nationalized and became the Petrograd Philharmonic in 1921; in 1924 it was renamed State Symphony Orchestra of the Leningrad Philharmonic. Eminent conductors remained loyal to the ensemble even in the first years of the Soviet Union, including Otto Klemperer, Bruno Walter, Ernest Ansermet, and Felix Weingartner. Its repertoire was expanded to include many contemporary works, from Stravinsky through the Second Viennese School to Hindemith, Honegger, and Poulenc. Under the guidance of Evgeny Mravinsky, who was music director of the Philharmonic for fifty years (from 1938 to 1988), it became one of the pre-eminent ensembles for the performance of Russian music. Dmitri Shostakovich had an especially close relationship with the orchestra and its leader, who gave the world premieres of a majority of his works. Celebrated guest conductors in the Mravinsky era were Kurt Sanderling, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Georg Solti, Igor Markevitch, and Mariss Jansons. Since 1988 Yuri Temirkanov has headed the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, as the orchestra was again named as of 1991. Since then the musicians have also regularly toured all around the world – from New York to Tokyo and from the Salzburg Festival to the BBC Proms.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 5 September 1992, with Yuri Temirkanov conducting Tchaikovsky's Manfred Symphony and Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition.

    August 2015

    Yuri Temirkanov

    The musical career of the Russian conductor Yuri Temirkanov, who was born in 1938 in Nalchik in the Caucasus, enjoys a close association with the city of St. Petersburg. He was 13 when he came to the city then known as Leningrad to undertake studies in violin and viola, later graduating from the conducting class led by Ilya Musin at the Leningrad Conservatory.  In 1966 Temirkanov won the All-Soviet National Conducting Competition and was invited to tour Europe and America with the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra. He took up his first leadership position in 1968 with the Leningrad Symphony Orchestra, and in 1976 was appointed to head the Kirov Theater, now known as the Mariinsky Theater. For a dozen years he was responsible for guiding this celebrated theater, where he was also active as a director. Since 1988 Temirkanov has served as head of the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, which he conducts in tours all around the world; in addition he has been Principal Guest Conductor at the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow since 2009. Temirkanov has also led a successful career in the West: he served as music director of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London from 1992 to 1998, of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra from 2000 to 2006, and of the Teatro Regio in Parma from 2010 to 2012. Temirkanov has moreover performed as a guest conductor with many of the leading ensembles, including the Vienna and Berlin Philharmonics, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, the Dresden Staatskapelle, the London Symphony Orchestra, and La Scala in Milan; in the United States he has conducted the major orchestras of New York, Philadelphia, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. Yuri Temirkanov has received Russia’s Order of Merit no fewer than five times, most recently in 2013. In Italy he was honoured with the Premio Abbiati in 2002 and the Benedetti Michelangeli Prize in 2014.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 5 September 1992 with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic in a program of Tchaikovsky and Mussorgsky.

    August 2015

    Sergei Redkin

    Sergei Redkin, who was born in 1991, comes from Krasnoyarsk in Siberia. He began learning piano at the age of six at the State Music Academy and also took lessons early on in improvisation and composition. In 2004 he moved to St. Petersburg, where he began his studies at the Rimsky Korsakov Conservatory, initially in its special school for the highly gifted; starting in 2009 he became a regular student in the class of Alexander Sandler. Under Alexander Mnatsakanyan, one of the last pupils of Shostakovich, he continued his composition studies. With a scholarship from the House of Music in St. Petersburg, Redkin took part several times, starting in 2011, in the International Piano Academy Lake Como, where he collaborated with such musicians as Dmitri Bashkirov, Peter Frankl, and Fou Ts’ong. He won the International Maj Lind Piano Competition in Helsinki in 2012, the International Prokofiev Competition in St. Petersburg in 2013, and the bronze Medal at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow in 2015. Valery Gergiev subsequently engaged him to perform with the Mariinsky Orchestra in Paris, New York, and Mexico and invited him to participate in a Prokofiev marathon as part of his MPHIL 360° Festival in Munich, where Redkin played the composer’s last two piano sonatas in November 2016. He has appeared in recitals and as a chamber musician not only in Moscow, St. Petersburg, and various other Russian cities but also in Germany, Austria, France, Poland, Finland, Sweden, and Switzerland. Credits in the 2016-17 season have included performances at the Vienna Hofburg, the National Auditorium in Madrid, and the Théâtre des Variétés in Monaco. Sergei Redkin has presented several compositions of his own to date, particularly piano and chamber music works, including a string quartet and a wind trio.

    May 2017

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