The programme is subject to change
Russian National Orchestra
Timothy Chooi, violin
Conductor Mikhail Pletnev
“Brilliance and refinement made Russian National Orchestra the leading symphony collective in Russia”. Chicago Classical Review, 2011
“Brilliance and refinement” are the epithets that can describe the thoroughly planned programme of this night. Its genres, as well as vivid images, are accessible for the wider audience, though paradoxically the names of the pieces are not on the marquee.
“Chopiniana” is a ballet staged by M.Fokin in 1907 to Chopin’s piano music, and orchestrated by A.Glazunov. Of the five parts of the ballet suite – it’s opener is the solemn Knight’s Polonaise – Mikhail Pletnev handpicked three pieces.
Snazzy and “visible” melodies, as well as an evident folk background, made Camille Saint-Saëns 3rd Violin Concerto a success. Though now the oeuvre is less known than the popular “Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso”. On this night, young Canadian-American violinist Timothy Chooi plays the Concerto.
Timothy Chooi started playing the violin at the age of three with the Suzuki method, before learning how to read music. Recently, he came to the attention of music world, after had won First Prize of the Joseph Joachim Violin Competition of Hannover, Germany, and Schadt String Competition, USA, in 2018. In 2019, he became the Second Prize Winner of the Queen Elisabeth Competition, Brussels, Belgium.
Tchaikovsky’s 2nd Symphony is not on the A-list of even a music connoisseur. Due to the theme of a Ukranian folk song “Crane” used in the final, it was nicknamed the “Little Russian” (Ukraine was referred to as Malorossiya, that is Little Russia, that time). The premiere took place in 1873. Later the composer thoroughly revised his oeuvre: the 1st part was actually rewritten.
For the Pentatone record label, Mikhail Pletnev – one of the best interpreters of Tchaikovsky’s music – and his orchestra recorded all 6 symphonies of the composer, as well as “Manfred”. The 7 CD set features 2 versions of the 1st part of the 2nd Symphony.